What to Do to Fight GE Home Security Robocalls
According to USA Today, an average person received two or more robocalls a day in 2019. The total number of robocalls (58.5 billion) shows an increase of 22% compared to the figures in 2018. Based on this trend, we can expect even more automated calls in the years to come. It has become much easier to use robocalling software, so more and more companies are using this technology to contact as many people as possible and deliver their message.
Home security robocalls have become particularly annoying to people all around the country. Have you, too, been a victim of these spammers? If so, there's a great chance you've faced GE Home Security automated calls. The question is, how are you supposed to protect yourself from them?
Before we tell you more about these and other forms of robocalls and how to deal with them, let's first explain what they are all about.
How Does Robocalling Work?
When you receive an automated call with a pre-recorded message, be it for telemarketing purposes or something else, you've answered a robocall.
The very process of robocalling starts long before your phone actually rings. Robocallers first record the message that they want people to receive. The next step is to look for phone numbers. Buying them has become quite easy, as there are numerous legitimate brokers, as well as shady operators, who can make that possible.
With the recorded message and a long list of phone numbers on hand, robocallers start contacting people. Robocalling software can make as many as one million calls in just an hour, which makes it possible to reach a much greater number of people than any other conventional method.
If the message leads you to press a command to be patched through to a real person, who asks for your personal or financial information out of nowhere, you're dealing with robocall scams.
What's the Deal With GE Home Security Robocalls?
General Electric Security was a security company, i.e., a division of General Electric Inc's GE Enterprise Solutions. This division no longer exists, as it was sold to UTC Fire & Security back in 2010. So, if you receive a robocall from GE Home Security, you should know that there's something wrong with it and be skeptical of everything they say.
Many people complained about GE Home Security robocalls disturbing them at least once a day or even more in some cases. In most cases, the message was delivered by a man called Jason, which is another giveaway of these robocalls. Here are some of the numbers from which they may contact you:
Are GE Home Security Robocalls Legal?
GE Home Security robocalls are illegal. The people behind these calls are scammers impersonating representatives of the company that no longer exists, trying to fool you. You can expect them to offer to install the GE Home Security system completely free of charge (no installation or annual fee).
Before they make the offer, they may also ask you about your existing home security system, whether you have one or not, and other similar questions. Be extra careful with these questions, and don't reveal anything to avoid being scammed. The best thing to do is to simply hang up the phone. The more you talk to the fraudsters, the higher the chances are of getting yourself in trouble.
Even if you successfully avoid their leads to reveal any info about your home security, keep in mind that the moment they patch you through to a real person, they will charge you $25 per minute to listen to their offer. As soon as you realize that you've answered one of the GE home security system robocalls, hang up the phone.
What Makes a Robocall Illegal?
To be able to fight back against robocalls, you need to know how to differentiate between legal and illegal robocalls. No matter how much you'd like all of them to be illegal so you can stop them, you should know that there are some robocalls that cannot be blocked. So, let's take a look at some of the major differences between these concepts:
|When robocalls are made to deliver purely informational messages, usually about appointments, they are legal and can even be convenient for you, too.||If you answer a robocall telling you that you've won some kind of prize, you can be sure that it is a scam.|
|Service providers are allowed to contact you via robocalls if you give them your phone number willingly.||Robocalls asking for your personal information are, in many cases, illegal, so you shouldn't reveal anything to avoid the risk of identity theft.|
|Charities are allowed to make robocalls to ask for donations. These robocalls can't even be blocked in many cases.||When a robocall leads you to expose your credit card information, don't reveal it unless you are completely sure that a trustworthy caller is on the other end of the line.|
|Some companies ask their clients for their written consent, allowing them to make robocalls as part of their telemarketing campaign. If you give your written consent, these calls are legal.||Robocalls trying to sell you something, be it a product or service, are in most cases illegal, especially if an unknown company is behind them.|
|Politicians are allowed to make robocalls as part of their political campaign.||When robocallers call you to threaten that they will disconnect you in a couple of hours if you don’t pay your debt, you are most likely dealing with fake debt collectors.|
|People behind government-approved studies are allowed to make robocalls to ask people to participate in their study.||Some callers may impersonate representatives from reputable institutions to make you reveal your sensitive information.|
You Can Register Your Number on the Do Not Call List
If General Electric Home Security robocallers start calling you too frequently, you need to do something about it before it becomes harassment. If they cross the line, you can always report robocalls. And if they wrong you and steal your money or your identity, DoNotPay is here to help you fight back against robocalls.
Before things get out of control and you have to resort to such drastic measures, you can register your number on the National Do Not Call List. If you look at the FCC guide to robocalls, you'll see that this is the first thing they advise people to do. When you do this, it will come in handy to know how to check if a number is on the Do Not Call list. That way, you can be sure that you've completed the registration successfully and that there's no mistake on your end. Checking this piece of information is rather simple. You can choose among these options, depending on what you find most convenient:
- Dial 1-888-382-1222
- Dial 1-866-290-4236 to call via TeleTypewriter
- Verify your registration online
When it comes to the Do Not Call list, you can rule out Do Not Call list expiration, as there's no such thing. If you're still getting robocalls even after you've registered, you should check Do Not Call list exceptions. If you don't find an answer there, either, it might be that the scammers found a way to get around rules.
When something like this happens, you should report robocallers to the Federal Trade Commission. You should be prepared for this step, as it often happens that scammers behind GE Home Security robocalls find a way to contact people regardless of the Do Not Call list.
Other Home Security Solutions Robocalls
GE Home Security robocalls are not the only ones you should be on alert for. Other home security robocalls have become quite a problem for people all around the country. Not only are they annoying, but they are also, in most cases, scams. You need to be careful not to reveal information about your home security system to the wrong caller. Here are some other phone numbers that these scammers might use:
Other fraudsters may go by the name Home Security Solutions, Free Home Security Systems, or something similar. As soon as you realize that you're dealing with scammers, make sure you put your number on the Do Not Call list. This might not be effective, though. These robocallers, too, often find a way to contact you anyway. But you shouldn't worry too much about it—DoNotPay is here to help you get revenge on home security solutions robocalls before they manage to wrong you.
Use DoNotPay to Get Revenge on GE Home Security Robocall Scammers
No matter how angry you are if a scammer tries to steal your money, you should also be happy that you can get robocall revenge when you rely on DoNotPay. You don't have to worry about the robocall lawsuit and how to file one—DoNotPay has got you covered. We understand your anger, and we want to help you get the justice you deserve.
- Log in to your account on DoNotPay via the web
- Open DoNotPay and select Robo Revenge section
- Get our virtual credit card
- When suspicious callers reach you and ask for your credit card info, provide them with the virtual credit card number
Understand the Process Behind Robo Revenge
As you can see, getting justice with our Robo Revenge doesn't require much effort on your part. The process behind this solution is rather simple, too. These are the crucial points you should understand to get the gist of the entire process:
- When we give you a virtual credit card, we don't link it to your real credit card, so you don't have to worry about any of your sensitive information being exposed
- The even better thing about our free virtual credit card is that it allows DoNotPay to get your scammer's information. The very act of your scammer trying to take the money off your account gives DoNotPay a chance to figure out who these fraudsters are
- When you have these details, you have everything you need to file a claim against the scammers
- You can use DoNotPay to send a demand letter for compensation on your behalf
Robocall Scams to Beware Of
When you know what to expect, you find it easier to fight it. That's why, to be able to avoid or deal with robocalls, you need to find out more about the most common robocall scams.
You might have already encountered some of them—prize scams are probably the most common form of fraud out there. In this case, the scammers contact you and let you know that you've won something, be it money or a vacation. The prize is always exclusive, and you get it out of nowhere—a clear sign that you should hang up the phone.
Here are some other common forms of robocall scams that you should beware of:
Common Robocall Scams
What to Know About Them
|People tend to believe that they will really get whatever it is that someone guarantees. So, when they receive a call with a message about a guaranteed return on investment, they are likely to believe it and invest the money requested. The trick here is that scammers often use official-looking seals and logos to make the documents they present to their targets look real and believable.|
Fake robocalls from banks
|Scammers know that people are scared of their credit or debit card information being stolen, so they often take advantage of this fear for their frauds, too. They contact people and impersonate their banks’ representatives to tell them about this scenario, scare them, and then ask for their credit or debit card info. Another common method is to tell them that there has been unusual activity on their bank account.|
|People also tend to trust calls coming from a number similar to their own or with the same local code. That's why scammers found a way to manipulate numbers to make the call look like it's coming from your neighborhood, while they actually may be in another part of the country. To avoid this trap, don't answer the phone if you don't know the number. After all, if it's really your neighbor, they'll leave a message.|
Fake debt collectors
|People struggling with paying bills can be easily scammed by fraudsters impersonating debt collectors. They usually threaten to disconnect you if you don't pay a certain amount of money in a short time. They may also offer to help you lower your bills if you transfer the money into the given bank account instead of paying it to the utility company directly.|
What Can Be Done to Prevent Robocalls?
Even though you now know about the ways to stop robocalls, you'd also like to learn how to prevent them from disturbing you in the future, right? Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to make sure you are protected from both legal and illegal robocalls. Some of the most important steps to take to stay safe from robocalls and scams include the following:
- Make sure you register your phone number on the National Do Not Call List
- Don't give your phone number to just anyone who asks, no matter how innocent it might seem
- Always remember that exposing your real credit card information to the wrong caller can lead to an alarming credit card issue, so don't do it unless you know for sure that someone reliable is on another end
- Don't let robocall scammers offering exclusive prizes fool you—never accept anything that sounds too good to be true
- Get an unlisted number so that you are safe from scammers obtaining it
DoNotPay Is Here to Bring Justice in Other Situations
Helping you deal with annoying robocalls to get justice when they wrong you is only one of the many things that our app can help you out with. We know that there are many problematic situations that you can encounter daily, so we want to make them go as smoothly as possible. Here are some other services that you can use DoNotPay for via the web browser:
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