Identifying those annoying cellphone telemarketers
From PC Mike Wendland on March 1, 2012 ·
It’s been nearly a decade since the government set up a do-not-call telephone registry but even though 209 million cell and land line phone numbers are on the list, growing numbers of unscrupulous solicitors and scam artists are simply ignoring the law. You may not be able to prevent the callers but you can identify and expose them, thanks to a growing number of online resources.
The Do Not Call List is easy to get on… just register your phone number. And you can also use the government site to report violations. But what about all those unsolicited calls that are being made to your cell phone?
CallerComplaints.com is one of several sites aimed at exposing annoying telemarketers. Enter the number that’s calling you and you can find out if others are complaining. If not, make a complaint.
You might also tryWhoCallsMe.com is a database of suspected telefraud artist, unscrupulous solicitors and various scammers who call cell phones or leave text messages. The current top scam being played out these days comes from an outfit offering to lower your credit card rate that’s really trying to trick you into revealing your personal information.
And 800notes.com ofers another reverse lookup of suspected phone scammers. A top scam being reported here has to do with a phony offer to install a free wireless security system that ends up costing big bucks.
How do they get your number? Most are just dialed as random numbers and many of those making the calls are based overseas. Best way to handle them? Hang up and report them.