Protect yourself from robocalls

I personally haven’t received any robocalls yet but it seems to be bugging a lot of Google users. According to the blog post title “Protecting people from illegal robocalls” from Google and Your Business, the FCC received 215,000 complaints related to robocalls in 2014. If you happen to receive such robocalls, below are some actions you can take to protect yourself:

  • Report callers to Google, and also the FTC or the FCC.
  • Hang up the phone. Do not press any key, even if the voice recording prompts you to in order to speak with a live person or to be taken off the call list.
  • Contact your phone company to see if they can block calls from any numbers.
  • Register your personal number with the National Do Not Call Registry at: https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx or call 1-888-382-1222.

If you are an entrepreneur or starting your own business, you might be one of the targets these robocalls are aiming. Your personal data, information and banking access details might be at risk. Although I’m not sure how big the impact robocalls might impose, it is better to be careful and cautious. While pursuing to money making opportunities online, it is very important for us to learn how to protect ourselves.

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