- Robocalls are recorded messages that are delivered via phones. These calls have been reported to be increasing at a massive rate.
- Scams involving robocalls are considered a threat to privacy.
Scammers employ several tactics using robocalls to perform malicious activities. Here are some of the popular ones that you should be aware of.
Fraudsters have gone so far as to force victims into taking pictures of themselves like they were kidnapped, and demanded a ransom from the relatives. This is probably one of the extreme cases of robocall scams.
Social Security Number Scams
A fake unpaid tax bill is sent to the potential victims. Robocalls claim to wipe the Social Security Numbers if the bill is not addressed. Usually, the payments are demanded to be made via unofficial methods such as iTunes vouchers or Steam gift cards.
Apple Support Robocalls
The recorded message, claiming to be from Apple support, informs the victim that their iCloud account has been breached. The victim is asked to get in touch with an Apple support advisor before using any Apple device. The scammers even leave a number to reach them at, if the victim isn’t available to process the robocall.
Do robocalls require consent?
The FTC guidelines state that certain robocalls don’t require the receiver’s permission. These include:
- Informational messages such as a flight cancellation or appointment rescheduling.
- Debt collection and political calls. However, many debt collection calls going around are from scammers.
- Calls from charities and healthcare providers.
It is worth noting that robocalls that are trying to sell something require written permission from the receivers.
Although there are a few legitimate robocalls amidst the huge numbers of them out there, it is always recommended to exercise caution and not press any numbers you’re asked to or divulge information if the call seems suspicious.