Among the advice given each year, in this case the Civil Guard (@Civil Guard), on the possible scams, those that are produced by telephone are usually very common. This is the case, for example, of a call that you receive and that you do not have time to answer. In that case, don’t do it unless you see that the prefix is familiar to you as it may be a fraud, since this communication is made from another country and, when making the call, it is when they charge you. Money that normally it is bulky.
Where is the scam?
The problem can also recur when do you answer these calls. On the other end of the line they start charging you while trying to convince you to subscribe to a service premium with which you will have juicy advantages, discounts and gifts. Even if you say that you are not interested, automatically by picking up you have already signed a kind of fraudulent contract that, in most cases, has abusive conditions to unsubscribe or keep it.
Something you will discover when, at the end of the month, you get a exorbitant phone bill and go over the numbers that appear one by one. That is when you may find those whose prefixes are: 225 (Ivory Coast), 233 (Ghana), 234 (Nigeria), 355 (Albania); 387 (Bosnia), 223 (Mali) and 220 (Gambia). Except if a family member or friend with whom you speak regularly lives in these countries, it is best to ignore them.
Also do not trust these other numbers that they remember from the Meritorious: 662999093 and 910821152. If you do, you will find a person posing as a Lidl supermarket worker (@lidlespana) and announcing that you have been the winner of a 500 euro voucher to spend in their establishments. And for this, you ask for your personal data. There is the trick to deceive you.
Therefore, in addition to the good habit of never taking these types of calls, another option is block all communications that have a somewhat suspicious origin. Most of the modern terminals can do it and if not, just tell your telephone operator so they can do the same on your mobile.
Applications to block fraudulent calls
In addition, in your case, it can be very useful to install some technological applications that will allow you to know in advance and in just a few seconds (while the melody is playing) if that person who is calling you is trustworthy:
- Truecaller. This first digital tool is in charge of blocking those calls that can be considered dangerous. In this case, when the number appears on the screen of your phone, it is indicated if it is in your contact list, if it has called you before or if it is part of a database for commercial purposes, in case they want to sell you or offer you a product or service. In addition, this app allows you to create your own «black list» so that you write down those numbers that you want to prevent automatically.
- Should I answer? Curious name for this other application that, thanks to its database, can indicate if that number belongs to a fraud or is considered as SPAM. What the system does is track it in real time while the call is taking place, to confirm whether or not it is reliable. As in the previous case, it allows canceling incoming communications from certain telephones (also those that are hidden with an additional cost or they come from abroad), in such a way that you will not even notice since your mobile it won’t sound in those cases.
- AndroidRock. This last application that you can install on your cell phone offers you a service to include only the phones that you trust and to which you want to answer. If one appears that is not in that kind of inventory, you will not be able to receive the call.
But, if despite these preventive measures you have picked up the phone without realizing it, remember these tips. Never offer personal information (name, surname and address) by this means of communication or by any other, such as e-mail, except if it is a known and reliable destination. And much less facilitate your Bank data. Your bank will never make calls of this type and if it does, it will be directly to your own advisor, who will ask you to come personally to the office to give said information or your consent on a financial product.
Telephone hoaxes on social networks
Most of these fraudulent practices, as well as the recommendations to avoid them, are made known to users and consumers by legal entities. This is the case of the National Police (@police) or the Organization of Consumers and Users (@consumers). However, sometimes you may see on some social networks a notice not to answer or call certain numbers phone, because if you do they will charge you thousands of euros.
This is what happened a few years ago with two figures: 636634795 and 693955444. In this case, it was a chain hoax that he was posing as the OCU, something that the entity’s own legal advice was in charge of denying. Someone was impersonating them to sound the alarm on social media.