Getting hit by illegal robocall scams? Just hang up!
Scammers are working overtime, sneaking their way into your bank and credit card accounts.
I get consumer complaints almost daily about calls from robots named "Heather" or "Rachel" claiming they can lower your interest rates and fees. I even get the calls on my phones.
The FTC says companies are using auto dialers that send out thousands of phone calls every minute for an incredibly low cost. If the companies are operating illegally, they don't care about the "Do Not Call" list. They don't even bother to screen. Rogue robocallers use fake caller ID information and hidden overseas locations that make them difficult to find.
In an effort to put a dent in the growing robocall scam industry, the FTC, federal investigators, and technology experts will hold a Robocall Summit in Washington, DC on October 18th and they need to hear from you.
If a robot you don't know tries to sell you something just hang up. The FTC says do not press 1 to speak to a live operator and do not press any other number to get off the list. Pressing numbers on the keypad simply signals the scammers to call you more. Don't wait for a human to come on line. Just make note of the phone number on your caller I-D, take down the robo information, hang up the phone, and file a complaint with the FTC.
Learn what do do if you get a robocall here.
Learn more about robocalls gone wrong here.