The danger of answering a robocall

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Robocalls are on the rise, and if you are unable to detect and avoid them, your personal information could be at stake.

News reports have wrongly told consumers that saying the word “yes” to a robocall means the  scammers could use the recording as proof that you agreed to a payment or service. This is not true. Scammers would need more than just this recording in order to authorize charges.

However, saying anything at all to a robocall may not be wise. Responding makes it clear that a real human answered the phone, at which point a live scammer could take over the call or the scammer could sell your phone number as “live.”

Read this Bamboozled column on for more tips on how to detect and avoid fraudulent phone calls.