Some models of telephones designed for seniors with dementia
offer some version of call blocking technology. Like a
traditional call blocker unit, these phones are built on the
same premise - blocking known and reported scam numbers. When
you know of a scam number, you can program it into the phone so
in the future if a call comes in on this number, it will be
But this means you will first need to identify a number as a
scam using the caller ID and or even answering the call.
This can put quite a burden on someone with dementia. And
caregivers rarely have the time - or the ability from afar - to
monitor, log, and enter these numbers into the phone. Plus,
there is the challenge of even keeping up with these numbers.
Scammers are constantly updating and changing their
And more recently, there has been an increase in
. The advances in technology has allowed for scammers to
actually “spoof” or create numbers that look like ones local to
their target. That way, when someone sees the number on the
caller ID looks somewhat familiar, they are most likely to
answer. This alerts the scammer that the number they dialed is a
good one and they will surely continue to call.