SCDCA saw a marked decline in robocall reports in 2020 just receiving 607, approximately 50% less than in 2019. The amount lost to scammers, however, neared $570,000, over $135,000 more than what was reported in 2019 ($432,670). From January 1- June 15, 2021, SCDCA received 421 unlawful robocall reports with actual losses of $412,000.
While the new rules will help to deter scammers, it will not totally get rid of them. Here are a few tips to help consumers avoid becoming victim to a robocall scheme:
• Hang up the phone. Don’t press one to speak to a live operator. And don’t press any other number to get off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.
• No one will contact you asking for private information. Scammers often pose as government agencies to gain your trust. Look out…