Nuisance calls, spam calls, robocalls, telemarketing calls. There's a lot of names for these annoying calls--some accurate, some unfortunately taken from legitimate calls--and no one likes them...right? Unfortunately, if you're one of the many people irritated by constant calls, you'll need to realize something almost as annoying; people fall for it! To understand why these calls keep coming, and to learn ways to bring peace back to your phone without throwing it in the trash, here are a few problems that feed the robocall industry.
Yes, People Buy From Robocalls
Many robocalls are an attempt to sell a product or service. Some are legitimate, while others are scams with the sole purpose of stealing information and committing fraud.
Some people simply have money to spend, and don't know where to spend it yet. This is especially true for younger people who haven't been exposed to sales and general solicitation calls. Confused about how such a person, let alone multiple people could exist, let alone power an industry worth time, effort, and money? Keep in mind that there are a lot of area that aren't as information-savvy as the rest of the country.
Cold calling is a technique used to set appoints and eventually win a potential customer over. Although it has lost a lot of power in the form of more effective marketing and client reach--such as Search Engine Optimization (SEO), email marketing, and the sort-of-in-person world of internet video--it's still a relatively cheap way to find clients.
The only real losers in the change to digital, online, and often text-based world of cold calling were the big brokers who would handle call trees, which are giant lists of potential callers. Those groups make less money, but the people who want to actually make sales--or pull scams--can get the numbers of far more potential clients for far less money.
Scammers Prey On The Internet
Would you like to win a trip to Disneyworld? Hey, you just won the lottery! Fill out this form with your personal information and send a little money to cover the check's fees. If you've seen these scams around the internet, keep in mind that they're still happening on the phone as well.
These kinds of scams aren't ending any time soon, and they're not limited to the oldest or the youngest of the world. People who grew up with internet access are falling for different versions of scams designed to take your money in exchange for giving you something you want.
Although there are many types of scams, a few major categories stand out. The 419 scam--named after the area code where many of the scams originate--is all about pretending to be a rich, authoritative person who will send you a large sum of money as long as you cover legal, bank, or other fees. There is no money, except what you send to these scammers.
Popular around tax season is the IRS scam, where people simply pose as federal tax representatives and demand money while threatening jail time. They can get silly, especially when they ask for Apple iTunes gift cards or Steam gift cards as payment.
Are you too smart for all of that? The scammers don't care. They have huge lists of names and automated systems to call down the line to see who takes the bait. If you want an automated way to swat the bait away, install an app, such as the Stealth Mode App, to block robocalls and take full control over who wastes your time.