How to defend yourself from telephone scams and unwanted calls

Phone scams and unwanted calls: here are some tips

Phone scams and unwanted calls are now commonplace. Especially in a time when you live in close contact with your phone.

We often receive phone calls asking for confirmation of your identity. Answering with the fateful “YES”, you may find yourself with something not expressly requested by you.

Obviously, by law, within 14 days you can cancel contracts stipulated by telephone or via the internet.

Another widespread phenomenon is the so-called ” harassing telemarketing “, with telephone calls on landlines and mobile phones during lunch and dinner hours with the aim of offering you commercial proposals.

It was initially instinctive answer of numbers phone fixed. Lately, this phenomenon has reduced the response to calls from landlines that are immediately mistaken for disturbing calls. As with “anonymous” or “unknown” calls

How to avoid being disturbed? If the telephone user is published in the telephone directories, the holder can ask his telephone operator that it be removed from the directories, so as to make it “confidential” and therefore no longer visible.

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Otherwise, the simplest thing is to subscribe to  the Public Register of Oppositions (RPO) , thus leaving its user present in the telephone directories, but no longer usable for promotional purposes.

There are also apps for your device that are able to reveal the identity of the sender to you. Among these we point out  TrueCaller ( Android and iOS) and Should I answer? (Android).

Here are the golden rules for defending yourself

  • Never provide personal data
  • Never answer with “YES”
  • Ask whoever contacts you for the number if they are calling and hiding the number
  • Request blocking of the number
  • Install apps that can block unwanted calls

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