Scam Callers: Masters of Manipulation

source: techcrunch

source: techcrunch

Over the past year, 60 million people have been affected by scam callers, and that number is constantly increasing by 270%. These calls mainly target people over the age of 60, and have had the most financial gain from people over the age of 80. From 2020 to 2021, there has been a 118% increase in calls, according to comparitech.com.  Spam calls are something to look out for, and Mark Rober has helped people be more aware of this threat.

 

Mark Rober, a YouTube influencer, posted a video about how he took down three major scam call centers. He was able to send in accomplices that used different gadgets that were made to temporarily, or even permanently, shut down these centers. 

 

Scam callers are remarkable con masters. Though robots make up 60% of scam calls, they have great programming. These calls often pretend to be Microsoft, Amazon, or even the government. They mainly try to scam money, raking in 30 million dollars on average from Americans in 2021. In addition, scam callers don’t only work on phone calls, they act over text messages, and sometimes even emails. Scam call centers scam people all around the world; therefore, they have to work in three different shifts to accommodate for the time zone differences. According to comparitech.com, after COVID-19 struck, calls related to the pandemic shot up by 59% in 2021. Since scam calls have become so widely known, people have become more aware of ways to avoid them. Some ways to avoid them include downloading apps that may help notify if a call may be a scam or generally not picking up unknown numbers. Some centers have adapted to this, and have started using business phone numbers to trick people into picking up. This tactic is called “enterprise spoofing”.  

 

There seems to be no end to scam calls any time soon. If an unknown number appears on the screen of a device, do not pick up: the scam call will gain your number and continue to call. If a text message appears from an unknown number, do not respond. They may claim to be a friend or family member, but make sure to check with a parent or guardian before responding. If an email is sent, do not reply or click on anything. Links may be sent, but oftentimes they are viruses that will be installed to your device once clicked.  Scam calls can be very dangerous and are something to look out for, so be on the lookout for any suspicious notifications.