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Robocalls On The Rise, How You Can Fight Back

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    If you've noticed more robocalls lately, you're not alone. But there are some new ways that you can defend yourself. (Published Thursday, May 11, 2017)

    It's been happening forever. But you're not alone if you feel like lately there's been more robots calling your phone trying to sell your something or scam you into turning over your personal information.

    A Truecaller survey found that Americans lost about $10 Billion to scammers in 2016. That's up 60% from the year before.

    As we have shifted from landlines to mobile phones, so have the scammers.

    And now it's the most tech-savvy generation that's taking the bait.

    Millennials are 6 times more likely to give away credit card information to fraudsters than any age group.

    "This is because millennials spend most of their waking hours on the phone and are a lot more accustomed to sharing information and making payments online or on the phone," says Tom Hsieh of Truecaller.

    You may be on the do-not-call list, but they call anyway.

    Well, here's some things to keep in mind:

    Don't answer strange numbers. If it's really for you they'll leave a message. If you answer the robots keep calling back even if you press the button asking them not to.

    There's an app for that. Things like Hiya and Robokiller can keep a call from ringing your cellphone if it thinks the call is from a robot. 

    And try to have fun with it. If you annoy them enough, maybe they'll stop calling back.


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