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How To Avoid A Phone Scam By Blocking "Unknown" Calls

By Diane Lee

Nobody wants to be woken up in the wee hours of the morning by an unwanted caller.

Shanika Harris in Wellford has been getting call after call for the past week from someone claiming to be with her bank.    

"It starts from 2 O'clock in the morning till like 7 something in the morning.  It's like they don't even care. It's a recording and it says to press one if you don't want your debit card to be cancelled.  So I press one and then it asks you to put in your 16 digits."

She says she was alarmed at first, but smelled something fishy, and called her bank teller.

"She's like I'm glad you didn't do it because we had to close down a lot of accounts because of that reason.  So apparently when you put in your 16 digit code they have access to your social, your license number, everything you could possibly have," said Harris.


     Identity theft experts say:

     - Never give out your account number unless you are the one who placed the call.

     - Be skeptical if the phone rings at odd hours. That's usually a sign the call comes from overseas.

     - And if it's from an unknown or restricted caller, chances are it's not a legitimate business.

She may have avoided a scam, but Harris is still stuck with annoying phone calls. So how does she get rid of them? Many new cell phones allow you to program your phone to block those calls.  Just check your owners manual.

Otherwise you can block specific numbers through your carriers web site.  And you can block restricted numbers by signing up for free services like Google Voice that filter spam.

Harris is just relieved she didn't fall for it.   

"It's scary cause you really don't know who to trust these days," she said.

For more tips on blocking restricted calls check out this article.

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