RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Millions of us continue to receive robocalls even as wireless carriers use software to eliminate them.
As a result, many still hesitate to answer when we see an unfamiliar number.
However, there is one robocall across the country that is not a scam and is in part the result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This robocall in question comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is looking for information not only about COVID-19 vaccinations, but also vaccines given to children for other diseases.
In 2021, Americans received 51 billion robocalls despite implementing called software, according to estimates by robocall blocking company You Mail STIR / SHAKE which electronically checks where the calls are coming from.
Despite the software, some scammers find a way to bypass STIR/SHAKEN. So if you get a call like this one recorded by CBS 17, beware:
“Hi, I’m calling (SIC) on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are conducting a national immunization survey – a survey of vaccinations against COVID and other diseases affecting adults, adolescents and children. Please call us at 1-877-220-4805,” You think — cheating, but it’s not.
It appears that the real CDC is attempting to monitor all types of vaccines given to Americans.
Completing the survey may take between 8 and 20 minutes if you agree to participate.
You may also consent to having your medical provider provide the CDC with your child’s immunization information, which will reduce the time it takes you to complete the survey.
The CDC provides answers to others Frequently asked questions about the telephone survey on his website.
If you do not wish to receive further calls regarding the survey, you have two options:
You can take the call and tell the person to remove you from the list, or you can call the CDC contractor at 877-220-4805 and ask them not to call.
If you call this number you must do so between 9am and 9pm
Unlike fraudulent robocallers, this works to stop the calls from the CDC.
https://www.cbs17.com/news/national-news/this-random-number-isnt-a-robocall-its-the-cdc/ This random number is not a robocall. It’s the CDC