Do you ignore phone calls from unknown numbers?
By Lena Kovadlo
Staten Island, New York
July 21, 2017 12:57pm CST
Whenever I get a call from a number I do not know I never pick up. Sometimes I am nervous or scared to pick up the phone, but usually it's because it could be telemarketing or spam calls, which I do not want to deal with. So, what I do is just ignore the calls, and then go to White Pages online and do a reverse phone look up to see who called me. The thing is, unless it's a home phone number, it usually doesn't say who it is that called. But I can find out if the spam risk is high or low, which is rather helpful. Maybe it's not a good thing to ignore the calls, but I figure if it's important, the person calling will leave a message, and I can always call that person back if I think I should. There are people though that simply do not leave messages. In that case I am out of luck... I remember I used to get calls from someone saying they are from the IRS investigating department. I wouldn't pick up the phone. They'd leave a long message telling me there is a warrant for my arrest and asking me to call them back. Of course, I never did, so they'd call back from the same number or from a different number altogether. Usually it'd be the same person, but sometimes not. I knew that this was spam and I never fell for this, but I've heard that there were people that did and gave up their personal info, including bank account info. Do you ignore calls from numbers you do not know? Have you ever had the same number call you back time and time again?
9 people like this
• United States
21 Jul 17
I dont check messages so anyone leaving one is not getting me. I will always answer unknown numbrs as long as my family is alive. I never forget the day my daughter was in trouble and called from a strangers phone. I cried with joy that I could answer that call. I was at the bus stop and something happened. I could only use a strangers phone. Adrain was not into picking up strange calls. I said you never know it could be your daughters one day. Well, that day in an emergency he answered. I figure if it's spam hang up. A caller with something I am not into hang up. But ignore what could be a loved one in distress never.
23 Jul 17
I mostly will avoid calls except those who leave me voicemails or my own local numbers. Especially those incomplete numbers such as 00 or others, who wanted to take those calls? Once I take call, hung up. Then call again. Geez. These numbers aggressively called me. About 10-15 times I guess. What an aggressive spam callers Now those aggressive spam callers has been blocked, thanks to call blocker app. Although they call with same number again, I wouldn't be distracted especially when working or doing work.
• Staten Island, New York
29 Jul 17
There are times when I get calls from one of my local area codes and it turns out to be scam. I think that maybe wherever they call from they purposefully create a number with the area code that's one from the area of the person they are calling, so this way the person will be more likely to pick up the phone.
• United States
22 Jul 17
If I don't know the number, I don't answer. If they leave a message and it's important, I call them back and I add their number to their phone so it will identify them if they call me again. Otherwise, I don't need to deal with unnecessary calls.