We’ve all had the scam call experience — your bank calling about suspicious activity, your internet provider reporting your computer has a virus or an ambulance chaser law firm fishing to see if you’ve had a car accident.
Scam calls have ramped up in frequency due to the advent of robocalls — a computer calls you, speaks and even understands what you say. Robocalls are easy to do at scale, because they don't need any people to make the work.
A "robocall" refers to any call in which you hear a prerecorded voice at the other end of the line. Even though some of them may be useful – for example those with prescription reminders – most of them are just very annoying.
My wife had the car accident one and was convinced it was a real person. It was only when I googled and found a transcript of the exact same conversation, that she believed me.
Using robocalling for marketing purposes is illegal in the UK – but they still happen. According to Hiya, the average person in the UK receives eleven spam calls every month. And 72% of unknown calls go unanswered because of this.
Many of us, it seems, have decided that unknown numbers are just not worth answering. If you're thinking of phoning your customers, that's a problem — there's a good chance a lot of them won't answer.
ℹ️ What should you do about it?
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