Answering a call from an unknown number could be a risky business. You see, although it could just be from a friend with their caller ID masked, sometimes, reports suggest, such calls may be a lot more sinister. They can also catch people unawares – like this new phenomenon that’s supposed to have been plaguing residents across the United States.
Often when we pick up an unwanted call, it’s a telemarketer on the end of the line, hunting a sale. Obviously, this can be irritating, but it’s clearly not life-threatening. However, in recent times police in Virginia and several other states have issued a warning about a criminal group making unwanted – and potentially damaging – calls.
Interestingly, phone scams are still on the rise despite more and more people choosing to transact online. One poll found that 11 percent of American adults lost money through a phone scam in 2015 alone. The average loss per victim was, furthermore, a whopping $274, with many losing much more than that.