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What are the most common types of robocalls?

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The international pandemic helped slow down some robocalls over the last year but not extended car warranty for used cars robocalls.

Due to sanitary restrictions, work in call centers slowed down around the world, which led to a decrease in overall calls. However, among the different robocall types, extended car warranty for used cars robocalls have continued to plague us. According to The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), extended car warranty robocalls were the top unwanted call complaint last year.

We all hate robocalls! Take a look below at some information about extended car warranty robocalls and other common types so you can know how to avoid them.

Extended car warranty robocalls

These types of calls are pretty easy to detect. You pick up your phone and hear a robotic voice saying, “Your car warranty is expiring soon.” You’re then asked to press a button or to stay on the line to speak to an agent. Many of these calls don’t name the company calling you.

Sometimes these calls are really trying to sell you a vehicle service contract (also known as an extended car warranty), but more often than not they are scamming you for your personal information, which you should never give out.

There are some steps you can take to help stop these types of calls. Read our recent blog on how to stop extended car warranty robocalls

Neighbor spoofing robocalls

This is a form of robocall in which a company uses a phone number that’s similar to yours. 

It might be a number with the exact same numbers as yours or a number with your area code. They do this to make sure you answer the phone because when people see that a call is coming from nearby, they’re more likely to answer. But if you don’t know the number that’s calling you, it’s best to avoid picking up.

Don’t give out any information and try to hang up as soon as you hear a robotic voice.

State health insurance robocalls

You answer the phone and you hear that there are medical and short-term health insurance plans available in your state. Then the voice tries to lure you to stay on the line so they can direct you to websites with misleading names that seem legitimate. 

Hang up as soon as possible. Legitimate government entities will never call or text you asking for personal information. Never give out your social security number, credit card or bank account information.

IRS robocalls

IRS robocall scams are often referred to as the most notorious robocalls of all time. They normally target the elderly and immigrant groups whom they can intimidate by pretending to be the government. Their tactics are very aggressive and threatening, claiming that they will issue arrest warrants if tax bills are not paid immediately. They will ask you for credit and debit card information or tell you you can also pay with prepaid cards, wire transfers, or gift cards.

Be aware: Any call that mentions the IRS is a scam. The IRS will never call you or email you. Their communications are always sent through the U.S. Mail.

The “Can You Hear Me?” Robocalls

If you get a call from an unknown number and hear someone say “Can you hear me?”, it’s a sign that a scammer has gotten a hold of your number. 

Scammers try to get you to answer “yes” to this question so they can record your answer and help them claim that you approved charges to your credit card or accounts. Be very careful to not fall into this trap. Hang up immediately.

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