The unfortunate reality of spammers trying to steal your identity puts many people in harm’s way, without many of them even knowing it. From a fake local number attempting to spoof you to a fraudulent representative of a reputable company, bad actors are hard at work every day trying to deceive innocent people. According to YouMail’s Robocall Index, there were 4.3 billion robocalls placed in December 2022. At over 137 million per day, that puts millions of Americans at risk. With that said, it’s critical to join the fight and report scam callers, so we can put an end to this together.
In this article, we cover:
- How to detect and react to a scam caller
- The dangers of not reporting scam callers
- How to report scam callers
How to detect and react to a scam caller
Typically, scam calls will come in as either an unknown number or a fake local number (spoofing). According to ag.state.mn.us, “by spoofing local phone numbers or information into caller ID devices, scam artists hope their calls will appear familiar enough to entice the recipient to answer.” When you’re in this situation, the best rule of thumb is to simply ignore unknown or unwanted numbers, let them go to voicemail, and then report them. Sometimes all scammers need is your actual voice in order to do additional damage. With an app like YouMail, you will be notified of an incoming spam call and can then report the robocaller on their Robocall Index.
The dangers of not reporting scam callers
When scam callers are not reported, they are free to run rampant and deceive other innocent people through fraudulent tactics. By reporting them, you are taking the first step in joining the fight to shut down spammers for good. According to the ftc.gov, it uses “reports to investigate and bring cases against fraud, scams, and bad business practices.” USA.gov also notes that reports can “can help them collect evidence for lawsuits against scammers.” With that said, it’s critical that scam callers are reported right away so spammers can be stopped before further damage occurs.
How to report scam callers
Reporting scam callers is quick and easy. With YouMail’s Robocall Index, you can seamlessly report robocallers to help put them out of business for good. By joining the fight, you are taking one step closer to protecting both you and your family, getting back to doing the things you love, and enjoying the silence.
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