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Ok, so besides being annoying and infuriatingly distracting, what’s the difference between spam, robocalls, and fraud calls?
You might think it's easy to spot a fraudster, but when you’re distracted and get a call from an illegitimate third party who nevertheless has all the right information, you could easily be swindled. For example:
It’s fairly easy to block spam numbers one by one from your phone' settings. To find out how to block spam text messages on iPhone, scroll to the end of the list. For long-term protection against spam calls, you might want to try our tips in the final section.
Want to know more? Click here to find out how to stop spam text messages on iPhone.
Some mobile network providers offer some level of spam blocking as part of their plans offered to customers. Improvements to the network and technologies like SHAKEN/STIR make it possible to verify legitimate calls and detect spoofed numbers from your local area code.
Apps like Truecaller, YouMail, Hiya, UnknownPhone, and Calls Blacklist identify spam and robo-messages, block malicious phone numbers, and even let you form a personal blacklist.
Most of these apps require a monthly or annual subscription, relying on a constantly updated list of robocallers, spammers, and fraudsters to stop nuisance calls.
Sales agents are supposed to honor the National Do Not Call Registry in the US. You can add yourself to the list by visiting www.donotcall.gov.
The Do Not Call Registry only stops sales calls. Charities, political groups, debt collectors, or those collecting responses for surveys will still be able to call you. Robocallers and fraudsters won’t respect the Do Not Call Registry, so you’ll need extra protection to block them.
Ok, we can’t promise forever. But these tips are bound to stop spam and robocalls for the long term.
Create a spare email address and use that to sign up for online shopping accounts, forums, and video platforms. That way, if these companies suffer a data breach, your main email address won’t get leaked.
In a phishing email, the links can be malicious. If you click on links within suspicious emails, they can direct you to spoofed websites designed to steal your details.
Let’s say a scammer spoofs FedEx’s email address and sends you a message asking you to reschedule your delivery and pay a small fee. You click on the link to reschedule and enter your name, address, and bank details onto the scammer’s spoofed website. Now the scammer has all of your details, and there’s little you can do to track them down.
NordVPN's Threat Protection feature can help you here as it blocks access to spoofed sites and identify malware-ridden files. It reduces the possibility of cyber threats damaging your device.
Scammers aren't the brightest bunch, so look out for simple errors like spelling mistakes, warped logos on websites, and weird language. Take this common trick where a scammer swaps the “l” in PayPal, for a capital ‘i’ instead. https://www.paypal.com/us/home instead of https://www.paypaI.com/us/home. This lets the scammer create a fake PayPal website to steal your details, so beware!
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