Scammers Are Getting More And More Ruthless Each Day.

Do you have any idea how many phone calls you receive in a day?

Do you have any idea how many spam phone calls you receive in a day?

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I'd wager you get more spam phone calls per day than you do phone calls from people you actually want to talk to.

According to the website Enterprise Apps Today the average American today is receiving 17 spam phone calls every day.

We suggest if you haven't already signed up for the "Do Not Call Registry" from the Federal Trade Commision, that you do so now.

Once you're on there, you're on there for good, plus it's free.

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To Sleazy Scammers 'Do Not Call' Lists Make No Difference

If there is one thing we know about criminals, the laws around scams and the punishments that come from breaking those laws really don't matter, especially when there is money to be made.

That's why scammers utilize something called the "One Ring Scam."

Have you ever had your phone ring and it only rings through just one time then it stops?

Well, you were just the victim of a one ring scam. The scammers are hoping that you'll pick up your phone and call them back.

Here is why you should just ignore those calls and others like them according to the FCC:

If you call back, you risk being connected to a phone number outside the U.S. As a result, you may wind up being charged a fee for connecting, along with significant per-minute fees for as long as they can keep you on the phone. These charges may show up on your bill as premium services, international calling, or toll-calling.

Check out the gallery below for the 5 most common area codes that scammers are calling Montana residents from to keep yourself safe.

Montana When You See These 5 Area Codes, Don’t Answer

If you get a phone call from one of these 5 Area Codes DO NOT ANSWER. Thanks to for providing us with the information.

Gallery Credit: Nick Northern

LOOK: Expert Tips for Avoiding Online Shopping Scams

In order to avoid a scammer getting the better of you, check out the following red flags to look out for as well as preventative measures to take from Dr. Skiba, AKA Dr. Fraud himself:

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KEEP READING: 6 Of The Most Common Scams Affecting Montanans

Thanks to the Montana Department of Revenue we know these 6 scams are what Montana residents will have to deal with most commonly. Knowing these scams will help protect you and your identity.

Gallery Credit: Nick Northern

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