Nuisance calls cause major problems

With 89 percent of people in Oklahoma receiving between 5 and 30 nuisance calls per week, telephone scams are still causing major problems for consumers. The issue has become so widespread that almost a fifth of Oklahoma adults admit they have been a victim of a telephone scam.

The YouGov survey commissioned by CPR Call Blocker also revealed the top five scams people are falling victim to in Oklahoma:

  1. Internal Revenue scam
  2. Credit/loan scam
  3. Robocall/automated messages scam
  4. Lottery/sweepstake scam
  5. Missed call scam

Many of these scams rely on the victim handing over personal and security details or asking the victim to pay a processing fee or call back on a premium rate line.

While many people are becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to spotting a scam, 17 percent of those questioned have lost money to scams in the last 12 months. Of those, 23 percent lost less than $100, 22 percent lost between $100 and $500, but 27 percent lost between $500 and $10,000, with 4 percent were scammed out of over $10,000.

Bryony Hipkin at CPR Call Blocker said, “Scam and nuisance phone calls continue to be a major problem for consumers in Oklahoma and it’s often the most vulnerable people in society who are falling victim to telephone scams. Scammers have a real knack of finding people when they are at their weakest and most vulnerable and they really exploit that. I want to encourage people to stay in touch with their senior loved ones. A lot of scammers are using the tactic of getting to know that person, becoming a friend to them and then on the fourth or fifth call they start making the request.

“If you’re contacted out of the blue, be suspicious and never respond to an unsolicited call. Don’t assume a caller is genuine because they have information about you such as your account details. Never give out personal information when answering an incoming call and if you’re not convinced the call is genuine, hang up and call back using the official phone number of the organization calling from their website or any paperwork you have such as statements.”