Are you tired of receiving spam phone calls? It seems like they never stop. In fact, now that I think of it, I cannot remember the last time I went a full day without receiving a spam phone call. I actually just received one shortly before writing this. It is truly getting out of hand.

There are lots of scammers out there trying to take your money.


I can remember the day I got an obvious attempt at being scammed. I received a call from an out-of-state phone number that was informing me that I was "the winner of a brand new Mercedes and a briefcase filled with $2 million dollars cash." I knew immediately that it was a scam. But, I decided to play along for a minute to see how it went. Before I knew it, I was told that I could not claim my prize until I bought $500 worth of gift cards to pay for the delivery of my car and briefcase full of money. When i finally had enough of the lies, I told the caller I wasn't interested. I immediately got called every hateful curse word in the book as well as a handful of death threats. When I reported the number to authorities, I was told that the number was based out of Jamaica. That is a long drive in a Mercedes.

The website Social Catfish has some tips on what numbers to avoid answering.

According to Social Catfish

Scammers are always looking for new ways to trick people into answering their calls and falling for their scams. One tactic they use is to call from phone numbers with certain area codes that are not commonly associated with the scammer’s actual location. In this blog post, we will discuss five area codes that are commonly used by scammers and explain why you should be cautious when answering calls from numbers with these area codes. By being aware of these area codes and knowing what to look for, you can help protect yourself from falling victim to these scams.



Most of the spam calls I receive daily are coming from numbers based in Montana. For example, the last 2 spam calls I got hailed from Wolf Point and Cascade, MT. If you don't know anyone from these places, chances are you probably do not want to answer.

There are 5 area codes that Montana residents should avoid answering.

According to Social Catfish, DO NOT answer calls from the following area codes.

5 area codes to avoid answering in Montana

If you do find yourself having a conversation with someone you think may be a scammer, do not give them any personal information. Also, take a lesson from my past experience with a scammer and do not engage with them at all. In fact, save yourself the trouble and register now for the sign up on the National Do Not Call Registry.

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