It’s said that everyone is looking for their next come up well some are looking for it in an illegal way. Scammers who scam unsuspecting victims of their hard earned cash. And although the scams that exist today aren’t like those that existed years back the prevalence is still there. Now even more so with the rise of internet use, it would seem the internet has made life easier for just about anyone even fraudsters.
Take for example the fake job scam before fraudsters would post a job through the newspaper on the classified section. These days an email can be sent to you or a fake website can be created imitating a legitimate employer. So I guess you can teach old dog new tricks.
Luckily there are easy ways to identify a scam let’s have a look at the phone call scam.
Blocked, private, and restricted numbers popping up on your phone could be a sign. These can be telemarketers, scammers, pranksters, or even harassers. The most common are for those free or low cost vacations and other sweepstakes callers claiming you’ve won. Usually, they’re just a prompt to receive personal information such as home address or even credit card information. Never offer this information to these callers.
It may be hard to immediately identify an unprompted caller’s intentions. However, to identify a scam call you can listen out for.
- You’ve been specially selected for this offer.
- You’ll get a free bonus if you buy our product.
- You’ve won one of five valuable prizes.
- This investment is low risk and provides a higher return than you can get anywhere else.
- You have to make up your mind right away.
- We’ll just put the delivery charges on your credit card.
- Or a phone call asking for money or offering to give it away is a red flag.
The simplest way to minimise your exposure to scam calls
- Monitor incoming calls carefully.
- Start by not picking up calls from unknown numbers. If the information is important or urgent, callers will probably leave a voicemail or find another way to contact you.