Be careful on those calls

We ran an editorial a few months ago expressing frustration with the increasing number of robot calls we are getting on our cellphone.

As we expressed at the time, it is obvious from the outset that the company behind the call has absolutely no information about us and is phishing for some.

To quote from the earlier editorial:

“Why, it’s our old pal Robocaller. You know him — he’s that automated voice telling you your credit card debt is over X number of dollars and your interest rate is over X percent and he is here to help you. Except our credit card debt is not over X dollars and the lone credit card we have is at probably the lowest interest rate available.”

We noted that we had received calls this year from the number 808-000-000 — an obviously phony number.

Wednesday, we received a robocall from a Tampa, Fla., number. Robo said she had been trying to reach us about our credit card account and this would be the last chance to lower the interest rate on that account. Except Robo didn’t say what kind of credit card account, the account number or even mention our name. Had we not hung up, we’re certain she would have tried to pry some personal information from us.

Tuesday of this week, we received two calls from 808-287-7271. We listened to part of the first call and hung up when we learned it was an attempt to sell us an extended warranty on our car. Our car is of a vintage we were pretty sure nobody who knew its age would be offering a warranty on it.

A half-hour later, we received a second call from the same number. We hung up and decided to call the number back to see what company was behind the call. We got a message that the number is out of service.

That’s funny — it wasn’t two minutes earlier when it attempted to call us. Nor was it out of service a half-hour earlier.

The Federal Trade Commission reports that illegal and unwanted robocalls are on the rise. There are several apps for mobile phones that may help, and some cellphones have call-blocking features built into them if you know how to activate them. The information for your phone is probably available on the internet.

If you keep getting these calls, check with representatives of your cell service carrier. They may be able to help.

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.

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