If you call the number back, the spammers will charge your phone just like they would with a 1500 number here in Ireland which is like ringing a psychic hotline for example. Do not call the number back: If its a legitimate call then the caller will likely ring back and more likely leave a voicemail.
Is it bad to call a scammer back?
At the very least, answering the phone or calling back makes you vulnerable to future scams, says Eva Velasquez, CEO and president of Identity Theft Resource Center. Even if you dont give out personal information to the other line, though, that call could cost you major money.
Can you get scammed by calling back a number?
Sometimes, scammers spoof a local number, or even your own number, to get you to place a return call to foreign shores. If you unknowingly return a scammers phone call, look for a plus sign ahead of the area code, which shows youre placing an international call. If you see a plus sign, hang up immediately.
What happens if you call spam back?
If you call them, the spammer can find out if that phone number is owned by an actual person. The spammer can also easily fake the same area code as you, and set up a clever social engineering trick that may involve you thinking with the wrong head.
Can spam callers hack your phone?
The unfortunate answer is yes, there are many ways in which scammers can steal your money or your info by hacking into your smartphone, or convincing you to give information over a phone call or through a text.
How do spam callers know my name?
Spammers often release information-gathering programs called “bots” to collect the names and e-mail addresses of people who post to specific newsgroups. Bots can get this information from both recent and old posts.
Should I be worried if I get a spam text?
Do report spam texts to your wireless carrier. Send any suspicious or spam messages to 7726, which spells SPAM, so your carrier can investigate. Dont worry, messages forwarded to 7726 are free and dont count against your text plan.