5 Steps to Stop Robocalls: The Ultimate Guide to Beating the Bots
The phone rings.
“This call is to inform you that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against you. To get more information about this case file, please call immediately on our department number 1-800-555-5555. Thank you.”
If you haven’t heard this exact call, dollars to donuts you’ve heard something like it. Whether it’s IRS fraud, a sketchy “debt relief” opportunity, or any number of other scams, robocalls have risen to almost tsunami-esque numbers. And the flood isn’t stopping anytime soon — estimates indicate that 85 billion robocalls were placed in 2018 alone.
The robocall problem is more than just annoying. It’s dangerous, too: Americans lost a staggering $10.5 billion in phone scams over the past 12 months.