Don’t get sucked in — or ripped off.
Don’t get sucked into a conversation don’t answer any questions. Just hang up.
Did I mention that you should just hang up?
Add your phone numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry. Visit www.donotcall.gov (it’s a federal government website), or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register. You will get fewer telemarketing calls within 31 days of registering your number.
Since most legitimate telemarketers don’t phone numbers on the registry, any calls that you do get are much more likely to be from someone trying to rip you off.
On a landline, here are some tips:
• Call your service provider. Ask a customer service representative whether call blocking is an available feature. There might be a monthly fee.
• You can also block calls on your own. Call *69 to get the number (if you don’t know it), then hang up and call *60, and listen to directions. I do this a lot. It’s very satisfying blocking scammers.