Shortly after posting my last post COVID-19, IRS, and Social Security Phone Call Scams – March 27, 2020, I had a Canadian comment. As a result, I updated the post, but if you read it before the update, you didn’t see the update. I included the Top 20 list of countries where phone/text scams were highest – https://truecaller.blog/2019/12/03/truecaller-insights-top-20-countries-affected-by-spam-calls-sms-in-2019/amp/. Canada was #11 and the U. S. wasn’t in the Top 5. I was surprised by #1.
Phone/text scams happen in most countries, including countries where the penalties are severe. Phone spoofing is common. I installed Zedge – Zedge App Review – January 18, 2019 on my phones and use the free ring tones to identify calls I will answer.
With COVID-19, we will see an increase in phone/text scams for a while. Then, back to the usual scams you get once the pandemic ends.
We are getting to the point where many people don’t answer the phone if it’s an unknown or unrecognized number. Same for text messages.
Unfortunately, all it takes is a very small number of people answering them to make it profitable for the scammers to keep doing it.
I have two phones – a TracFone Pay As You Go (PAYGO) where each time I check voice mail or answer a call, it costs me. So I don’t check voice mail and only answer calls from family, friends, and medical appointments. Most of my calls tend to be robot-calls or companies spoofing numbers. Had a company spoof my own number once.
My other phone is Tello with unlimited Talk, Text, and 500 MB LTE Data (TTD) with unlimited 2G data. I regularly clean out voice mail which is mostly the same garbage as my TracFone voice mail.