TERRE HATUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– According to Indiana State Police, there were 1.25 million spam calls reported to the Federal Trade Commission in 2020.
Penrod Benson has been dealing with spam calls for the past few years. He said he receives about 8 to 10 calls per day.
“They come from all over the United States. If it’s a number that I don’t recognize or a city I don’t recognize. I don’t even answer it. I just block the contact,” he said.
Benson said he’s tried a number of ways to lessen the disturbance.
“I’ve called my carrier. They can’t do anything. I’ve called apple. They’ve said there’s nothing I can do, but I can get these apps. They cost between 30-35 dollars a month. But I’m not going to pay someone to block these calls,” Benson said.
So what should you do when you receive a call and they’re asking for a lot personal information?
Sgt. Matt Ames, Public Information Officer for Indiana State Police, said you should avoid giving your information over the phone.
“If you’re not expecting that you’re going to be receiving a prize from publisher clearing house or someone like that, guess what? They’re trying to take advantage of you. They’re trying to get your information. If you believe your social security has been stolen then you need to go to identitytheft.com and file a report to have your social security number blocked,” Ames said.
Ames said it’s always a good idea to verify who the person is by calling your bank or a specific business directly to ensure that it’s real.
“Technology is great. People use it to their advantage all the time, but these scammers use it to try and steal your identity and your money away from you.”
If you are experiencing an overwhelming number of spam calls, Sgt. Ames said you should file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. You can reach them at 1-877-382-4357 or file a report on online reportfraud.ftc.gov.