Robocalls and Wrath: How to Safeguard Your Time, Info, Energy, and Smartphone

Are you familiar with the term “passive-aggressive?”

I call it a coward’s revenge. Sometimes, we are too timid to defend ourselves when we are wronged. Often, that causes us to find subtle ways to avenge the person who caused us pain. It’s a fascinating phenomenon to watch once you start paying attention to how it plays out in your life: Alas, you forgot your husband’s dry-cleaning or your wife’s birthday “coincidentally” after he or she yelled at you. Notice the Freudian slips and hurtful statements you “didn’t mean to say.” Or did you?

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What does this have to do with robocalls? Well, pesky spam callers, that are often dialed automatically using a computer, too often catch you off guard. They cleverly spoof you by using your area code, lure you into sharing private information, and waste your precious time. In short, they are quite annoying! This angst may lead you to “somehow” drop your iPhone 7 on a hard surface or let it get into the hands of sticky toddlers! Deep inside, you harmed your phone because you were just trying to end the barrage of irritating calls.

Did You Know?

Many robocalls from debt collectors, pollsters, and some telemarketers, for example, are legally allowed to call you. However, most are unwanted and illegal. Even though your wireless provider conducts a series of sophisticated analyses to keep billions of those calls from reaching you, some do get through.

Here are a few ways you can avoid being a target of “bad actor” robocalls:

  • Register your number on the National Do Not Call List. The federal government’s National Do Not Call Registry is a free, easy way to minimize the telemarketing calls you get. To register your phone number or to get information about the registry, visit www.donotcall.gov. You can also dial 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register.
  • Don’t pick up calls from blocked, unknown, or unrecognizable numbers.
  • If someone calls you and claims to be with a certain company of interest, hang up and call the company yourself. You can look for the official number on the company’s website.
  • If you do answer and hear a recording, just hang up. If you interact by speaking or pressing a number when prompted, it gives the company information that your number is real. They can then sell your number to another company or start targeting you more frequently.
  • Ask your wireless provider about the solutions they provide to block robocalls. Also, discuss with them supplemental apps that will offer further deterrents. Currently, the app Nomorobo Mobile is available on iPhones 5s and up, running iOS 10 and up. It is also now available on all Android devices 4.1 and up. Another helpful app to auto-block telemarketers and robocalls is Truecaller.

And now for the protection part:

Sign on today (and get 3 months free!) for a trustworthy smartphone warranty like the one CYA offers for just $6.99 a month. Cover Your Assets is a company that will give you white-glove service that includes manufacturer authorized repair people conducting fixes with OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. This way, the next time you do take some of life’s annoyances out on your prized phone, you won’t be without it for long. In addition, you can rest assured that it will be fixed right.

Lastly, the next time someone offends you, recognize the offense and either bravely confront it or make a conscious decision to just let it go.

Now go have a peaceful day!

Note: Because of the way-too-high volume of robocalls, the FCC recently passed a proposal that gives carriers permission to be more vigilant when blocking spam callers.


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Cover Your Assets (CYA) is a leader and disruptive innovator in the field of service plans. The company offers extended warranty coverage for virtually all types of consumer purchases ranging from high-end consumer electronics to computers, major appliances, power tools, lawn & garden equipment, and much more. All plans are backed by an A.M. Best Rating of “A-” (Excellent) Insurance carrier. Learn more about CYA by visiting www.cya.insure.

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