4 Ways Telemarketers and Scammers Retrieve Your Phone Number

Phone numbers are the keys to accessing the world of communication, which is why telemarketers and scammers view them as valuable information. While they might seem to appear out of thin air, telemarketers and scammers have several clever methods of retrieving your number than you may realize. Learn four ways these organizations may have obtained your phone number and how you can help protect yourself.

1. 800, 888, or 900 Numbers

The Automatic Number Identification (ANI) framework can record your contact details whenever you dial an 800, 888, or 900 number. ANI will save your number and use it to find additional identifiers in the cloud that belong to you. This process occurs without asking for your approval.

Once a telephone company has your number, they can access other promotional databases to obtain additional information about you, like your full name, residence, income, and other credentials. Thus, telemarketers can get the information and use it to harass you with messages and phone calls. If you must call one of these telephone numbers, always do so from a separate phone.

2. Restaurant Reservations

Diners at busy establishments frequently utilize waitlist apps to secure a table. In most cases, the app will retain the customer’s phone information so that they can receive alerts on their mobile device once their desired reservation time becomes available.

Unfortunately, the terms of service of many waitlist apps allow them to reuse, distribute, or even sell this information to third parties inside and outside their ecosystem.

These waitlist applications can provide telemarketers with a wealth of personally identifiable information. Telemarketers frequently use this information without the customer’s knowledge or permission to contact them and try to sell them something. Data scraping refers to this type of illicit data collection that leads to frustration for the target audience.

Therefore, before installing new programs, carefully check their terms and conditions. You can easily understand how the app handles your data if you read the privacy policies. If the app’s privacy policy makes you uneasy, do not install it.

3. Charities

Users commonly reveal contact details when they participate in a legitimate or fake charitable event. Telemarketers and scammers can use this information for their gain, to sell to other telemarketers and scammers, or to send the user unsolicited marketing communications.

Nonprofits frequently use telemarketing firms to solicit financial support from the general public. Telemarketers receive compensation through a cut of the money raised and access to donors’ private information (such as their phone numbers) as payment for their services. 

These telemarketing firms can profit from this information by selling it to other firms or utilizing it to contact customers via automated phone calls and promotional emails.

Therefore, be wary of the potential risks of giving your personal information to organizations. Do not fill out your entire name, phone number, and email address when you make monetary donations to prevent unsolicited contact.

4. Random Number Generator

Telemarketers can use robodialing to try to get in touch with you. Robodialing uses an automatic dialing system to reach any potential combination of telephone numbers. The method encompasses both listed and hidden phone numbers.

Many telemarketing firms also employ random number generators in their call lists. These number generators will generate automated call scripts. You might be among a million individuals reached via this method.

Typically, these calls will be automated messages warning of impending doom from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or a suspicious charge on your card. Regrettably, many people will fall for this and give telemarketers and scammers access to their confidential information.

When you receive an automated call, the best course of action is to terminate the call and hang up immediately. Don’t give out your financial details or pay any money.

Contact us at Heidarpour Law Firm if you need legal assistance with telemarketing and spam-calling abuse.