Just a week ago, California police notified the public with this Scam Alert, warning people that scam artists may call them posing as Costco representatives.
People were receiving calls from supposedly a Costco representative that offered a $500 Costco Travel Credit or Costco Cash, for just participating in their survey.
During the survey, people were asked personal information that would help this scam artist commit identity theft. This isn’t only happening in California. These criminals are attacking across the U.S. and spoof their phone numbers so that they appear to be calling from your city.
You should do the following to protect yourself:
This is actually the easiest solution to eliminating scam phone calls. If you receive a call from an unknown number or one that doesn’t show up on caller ID, don’t answer. If it’s an important call, the person will leave a message and you can get back to them.
Block unknown callers
Many phone companies allow you to block calls that don’t show a number on caller ID. Check with your provider to find out how to turn this feature on.
Note: if someone you actually know calls you and blocks their outgoing number, their call won’t make it through if you’ve turned this feature on.
If you answer the phone and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls, just hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify and target live respondents. Once they know the number is active, you will receive more calls in the future.
Get call blocking apps
You can also download and install call blocking apps such as NomoRobo, True Caller or Hiya on your smartphone.
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