Mobile Phone Radiation Protection: Phone Scam Overview
Nearly everyone uses a cell phone multiple times a day. Nine-in-ten Americans have a cell phone and roughly 43% of adults now live in a cell phone-only household according to the Pew Research Center.
Some people wonder if their cell phone use will affect their health. Cell phones emit radio waves from their antennas and tissues close to the antenna can absorb these radio waves. While there have been many studies conducted, none have conclusively shown that the radio waves emitted from cell phones increase the risk of cancer.
Regardless of this, some people still have concerns about the effects of continuous cell phone use. Phone scammers have taken this fear and turned into a lucrative business for themselves by calling and offering protection against the non-ionizing energy that mobile phones give off.
How the Mobile Phone Radiation Protection Phone Scam Works
The mobile phone radiation protection phone scam typically starts with a call. The caller will pitch you with misinformation about the correlation between cell phone radiation and brain cancer.
It is the intent of the scammers to scare you and then offer you a solution to your newfound fears. The solutions will usually come in the form of poorly made products that guarantee to protect you from the radiation your phone gives off.
The products that these scammers offer are completely useless and will usually cost a large amount of money. In some cases, the scammers will get your money for the products and never even send them out.
The last thing that you want to do is fall victim to fear mongering in the form of a phone call.
Avoiding the Scam
Whenever you get a call from someone promising to decrease your risk for cancer by protecting you from the radiation your phone is giving off hang up. These scammers are snake oil salesmen and they are lying to you!
There is no proof that cell phones cause an increased risk in cancer. Do not waste your time listening to the scammers fabricated research.
These scammers are also breaking the law if they are calling you on your cell phone to offer their fraudulent products. It is illegal for a telemarketer to call you on your cell phone, they can only call your cell phone if you have given them prior consent to do so.
Whenever you get a call from a telemarketer or an automated message, hang up and report it because it is most likely that the person or company calling you is breaking the law.
Reporting the Scam and Other Unwanted Telemarketers
If you receive an automated message or call from a telemarketer on your cell phone make sure to hang up and then report it. If you receive a call from someone stating that they'd like to offer you a way to protect yourself from cell phone radiation, you should also hang up.
You can report annoying and law-breaking telemarketers to both the FCC and the FTC. You can also let others in your community know about phone scams and research unknown numbers with CallerSmart's reverse phone lookup app for iPhone.
If you don't have an iPhone, you can still search unknown numbers and leave your feedback on the numbers of scammers with our phone number tracer available on our website.