This morning I got a call from 818-890-3853 in Northern Los Angeles. I didn’t answer it, they didn’t leave a message. They have been calling every morning for the past week. Earlier this week I got a call from someone claiming to be from Facebook, another from Microsoft. With so many scams nowadays, it is hard to know what is legit and what is not. So what do you do?
Here is what I do when I get a call from unknown callers:
First, I do not answer calls from numbers I do not recognize. If for some reason I do answer, and I am unsure if the caller is legit, I ask them if I can call them back. This gives me time to research.
- I simply type the number into the Google search box.
- Leave off the 1. Just the area code and number with the dashes. Like this format: xxx-xxx-xxxx
If the phone number was from a legitimate business, that persons business would come up in the top of the searches either from their website or their Google business listing.
In this case however, the search results I saw were from sites like MrNumber.com, whocallsme.com, etc. This tells me it is most likely a scammer already because these websites contain comments from others, like you, who have gotten calls from that number and reported it. After reading these comments you can quickly determine if the call is legitimate or not and even leave a comment of your own.
In my case, I immediately saw people reporting various scam type activity. One person had even done the research and was providing the providers information, so we could report it and attempt to get our names off the list.
Many of these calls manage to get people to give up their credit card numbers. There is even one that claims to be the Federal Court, getting you enrolled in Jury Duty and people give out their Social Security numbers and more.
Unfortunately, too many people fall victim to these scammers. When in doubt CHECK IT OUT. Nothing is so urgent that you can’t take 5 minutes to look into it first. Remember to never give out personal information unless you have done your homework!
BE A SCAM BUSTER!