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So what do you do about phone scammers? How can you fight back? Some people, when they get a scammer on the phone, play dumb. They drag out the session, making lots of mistakes, all in an attempt to frustrate the scammers and waste their time. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop scammers in the long run, and it’s a waste of your time. The scammer is still taking something from you. Other people prefer to confront scammers directly. They yell at them, telling them that they’re scum. This is also a waste of time because you’re not going to hurt the scammers’ feelings. They’re thieves, bullies, and criminals. You’re not going to shame them or stop them that way. And don’t forget, responding to them only allows them to gather more information about you. They still win. The best response to phone scams? Hang up. Or don’t answer at all. Let that call from an unfamiliar number go to voicemail. Block the number, and sign up for the Do Not Call registry. If the call is from someone you do know, or if it’s about something important, the caller will leave a voicemail. Don’t give the scammers anything. That way, they come away empty handed. That’s hitting them where it hurts. If you still want to do more to fight back, you can always report phone scams to the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org/ scamtracker). You can also file a complaint with the FTC (report online at the link or call 1-877-382-4357)—or, for IRS scams, call 1-800-366-4484. Adapted from jive.com
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