What you need to know about robocalls


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Scammers are increasingly turning to the phone and the AP released a list of five things to know to protect yourself.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Scammers are increasingly turning to the phone and the AP released a list of five things to know to protect yourself.

SALES ROBOCALLS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS A SCAM. Robocalls are never allowed on cellphones, unless you give them prior written consent or it’s an emergency. Robocalls to your landline are only allowed from political campaigns, charities, debt collectors, survey takers and information services such as your pharmacy or school. So if you get a robocall selling a product or claiming that a product has been purchased for you, hang up immediately.

THE SCAM. Scammers like to pretend they are conducting a survey or representing a charity before connecting you with a live operator who will try to sell you something. That’s still illegal. Some also pretend to be from the IRS or Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, rambling off fake badge numbers and trying to scare people into thinking they will be audited or deported unless they pay a fee or divulge banking information.

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