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БThey obviously work often enough that more scammers keep entering the market. And itБs hard for law enforcement to go after every single robocall, because there are so many of them. Б Last year the FCC created a to hang up the con artists. The team revealed last month that theyБre trying to develop technology to pinpoint where these calls are coming from so that they can shut them down. БWhat people can do right now is use the tools that are being made available to them, and be very careful not to give personal information Б like your name, Social Security number or birth date Б to somebody who calls them out of the blue, whether itБs a live call or not,Б said Grant. And hereБs what else you can do to protect yourself in the meantime. REGISTER YOUR NUMBER: Register with the free if you havenБt already at donotcall. gov or 1-888-382-1222. This will stop the legit marketers from calling you within a month. DONБT PICK UP: When you get an unsolicited call from a number you donБt recognize, let it go to voicemail. Many spammers wonБt leave a message. БI hate to say you that you canБt trust any callers these days, but you certainly have to be careful,Б said Grant. NEVER SAY БYESБ: If you do answer the suspicious call, or respond to a voice message from an unsolicited caller, do not answer БyesБ or offer any personal information during the conversation. If the caller asks something like, БAre you the homeowner? Б or БCan you hear me? Б politely respond, БWhere are you calling from, and why do you need this information?
Б The sooner you hang up after sensing a call is sketchy, thereБs less of a chance youБll let something slip. THE IRS, SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE DMV ARENБT CALLING YOU: Hang up if the caller claims to be from the IRS, Social Security, the DMV or a similar agency, as government officials will only ever reach out to you through the mail, unless you call them first. And many spam callers claim to be debt collectors for debit and credit cards, student loan offices, banks and retailers. Hang up and contact your bank, credit card company or loan office directly to see if they actually need something. CHECK FOR CHARGES: If you fear youБve let something slip to a scammer, check your banking, credit card, phone and cable statements for unfamiliar charges. Call the billing company and dispute anything that you didnБt knowingly authorize. Demand proof if they claim you were recorded approving the charge. And you can also contact the. SEE WHAT YOUR PROVIDER PROVIDES: Look б into what spam and robocall controls your phone carrier provides to block unwanted and anonymous calls, like AT TБs Call Protect, or T-MobileБs Scam ID and Scam Block. БMost of these are free, so check your phone companyБs website to see whatБs available,Б said Grant. THEREБS AN APP FOR THAT: Robocall-blocking apps are also popping up. , free for iOS and Android, flags potential scam calls, adds context to where unknown numbers might be to coming from and lets you report scam numbers in the app. for $1. 99 a month on iOS works similarly to Hiya. is a free iOS and Android app that alerts you to fraudulent calls before you pick up. And the free app for Android crowdsources nuisance numbers, so users can warn each other about the worst unwanted call offenders. 2018 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved