Get the Phone
According to the The Federal Trade Commission:
If you receive a robocall trying to sell you something (and you haven't given the caller your written permission), it's an illegal call. You should hang up. Then, file a complaint with the FTC and the National Do Not Call Registry.
In the case of businesses who are operating offshore, they don't really care that it's illegal. Being offshore puts them in a position to be exempt from any FTC action. They have raked in millions of dollars with schemes like the business loan scam. The recorded greeting says something like “Congratulations, your business has been approved for a $250,000 loan."
Since these fly-by-night businesses don't care about the FTC rules around Robocall. I say it's fair game to scam the scammer! At least that's my feeling about it.
The next time you get a call, and here the 'BLEEP' sound. Know that you're about to be scam. Turn the tables on the caller!
The Beep Sound
If you have the time, take your time with the caller. Improv being the absolute best customer that the caller has ever encountered. Make it sound that your very excited for the opportunity.
Some tell tale signs that you won the ‘Dial-A-Scam’:
- Introduction says the word ‘Congratulations’ within 5 seconds of the call
- You have been pre-approved for a business loan
- You have been selected for a federal grant
- You hear the dreaded beep sound before anyone talks
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