Last Updated on January 18, 2023 by Faiza Murtaza
Unwanted spam calls are a problem that has slowly been growing in recent years. Every day, an average of 2.38 billion people receives up to 1.69 billion spam calls per year. With the volume of spam calls exponentially increasing, it is no surprise that 50% of cell phone owners have received at least one spam call in the past year. Recent laws have attempted to stop these unwanted interruptions but many people’s views on this topic remain mixed.
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How spam calls are made
Spam calls are typically made by scammers who want to trick you into giving them money. They typically do so by posing as tech support representatives who will “fix” your computer in exchange for money, or they may pretend to be your bank and ask for account information. They use phone spoofing software so that when you receive the call, it appears to be coming from a legitimate number.
Reporting unwanted spam calls
It is nearly impossible to stop spam calls from happening on your phone. There are many reasons why you may be receiving unwanted spam calls, but the good news is that there are some steps you can take to report spam calls and make it more difficult for them to reach your phone.
There are three ways of reporting unwanted spam calls. You can report them through an online form which makes it easier for telemarketing companies to see the number of complaints they have registered.
The Federal Trade Commission agrees that you should never provide information to a spammer. If the caller asks for personal information or anything that looks suspicious, just hang up. The FTC does not recommend answering unknown numbers because there are other ways to get the information you need, such as by calling back on a trusted phone number. If you are unsure whether the call is legitimate, say “no” and hang up.
Every day, the average person receives an average of 20 spam calls. Much of this is due to a lack of caller ID laws that have been in place for some time. Some states are taking new steps to protect their citizens from unwanted callers. California recently passed a law that will require companies to tell consumers who they are contacting and why before making a call or sending a text message.
In conclusion, this article was meant to give you an overview of the problem of spam calls. If you are struggling with this issue, please contact your service provider for help in blocking unwanted callers. They are always happy to help you turn off these unwanted phone calls. See the most Common Scams Phone Calls here.