The Most Common Spam Calls

  • “We’re offering free COVID tests” and Medicare cards in exchange for your medical information.

  • “We’re from the IRS” and will arrest you if you don’t pay us immediately.

  • “Your phone has a virus” and we need a credit card number to repair it.

  • A family member is in trouble and needs “money or gift cards sent immediately.”

  • “We’re from your bank” and your bank account/credit card has been compromised.

  • Research your phone’s options for screening incoming calls.

  • Set up your smartphone to automatically send unknown calls to voicemail.

  • Be suspicious of calls that originate from your area code and prefix.

  • Add your mobile number to the FTC’s

  • Respond after answering a spam call. Just hang up.

  • Try to block individual phone numbers. It’s a waste of time.

  • Assume an unidentified number might be legitimate.

  • Share personal information such as credit card or social security numbers.

Most of us receive an average of three spam calls on our smartphones every day. Robocalls are cheap to make and fool millions of us into paying money or giving up personal information.


Here’s how to avoid getting ripped off.

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Sources: USA Today, The Verge, Sophos, Forbes, Google, US News

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