Raise your hand if you're sick and tired of spam calls. (I'll just assume your hand is up.) Junk calls are annoying, so hopefully this information may save you a little time.

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  • We've been trying to contact you about your car's extended warranty.
  • I'm calling from the Visa Mastercard security fraud department.
  • You've been chosen to win a free all-expense paid Carribean cruise.

How Do You Know if a Call is Legitimate?

It can be hard to discern whether a call from an unknown number is from a scammer or someone you may actually need to talk to. One method is to just ignore all calls from numbers you don't recognize, but this can lead to missed calls from legitimate callers.

Five Area Codes to Immediately Reject

Avoiding junk calls isn't an exact science, but the folks at Social Catfish have put together a list of area codes that are the worst of the worst - the five area codes that almost always indicate that something bad is on the other end of the line.

268 - While this area code is associated with Antigua and Barbuda, it's also known to be used by scammers and fraudulent callers.

876 - While this area code is associated with Jamaica, it's also well-known to be the originating area code for scammers and fraudulent lottery and work-at-home scams.

473 - This area code is associated with Grenada and Carriacou, but it's also one that is used by scammers.

649 - This one is associated with Turks and the Caicos Islands, but it's also the area code where many fraudulent calls originate.

284 - This is an area code for the British Virgin Islands, but it's also associated with scammers and various types of fraud.

What Do You Do When a Junk Call Sneaks Through?

When you do answer a call and it turns out to be junk, the best thing to do is hang up. Never share banking information, gift card numbers, or personal information.

If you think you've been a victim of a scam, you can file a complaint with the FCC.

Click here to add your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry.


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Inside the home, you will find three bedrooms, each with its own sitting area, walk-in closet, and private bath, each overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. The first-floor master suite will have you waking up with spectacular views of Lake Huron. The outside offers amazing space for entertaining and just taking in all the beauty the home is surrounded by.

Take a look inside.

Gallery Credit: Jane Fisher, Gaslight Group Properties via Zillow

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