Phone Saftey 101

Have you ever been called by someone claiming they are from the IRS? Or maybe you have dealt with people claiming they are from Microsoft and your computer has a virus? Either way, nuisance phone calls are becoming a large problem for everyday people. It can be hard to deal with scammers that keep calling even when you tell them to stop. This article will give you tips on how to handle situations with unwanted callers.

What do you do if you receive a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS, Microsoft, or FBI employee?

  1. Ask for the employee’s information. Write down their name, department, callback number, and any other information that they offer. This will be vital to determining if they are a legitimate employee.
  2. Look up how to contact the business or agency the employee claims they are from. An easy way is to use a search engine to find an official website. Do NOT go to any website that the person on the phone gives you. They may be lying and telling you a fake website.
  3. Contact the actual business or agency and have them verify the authenticity of the employee’s information that you wrote down. If they are unable to verify the information, then the person that called you was likely a scammer. Do not call them back unless you are sure that they are an actual employee.
  4. Report the scammer. Informing other people of a phone scammer can help prevent them from successfully pulling off future attacks. Head over to Glasscaller.com, search for the scammer’s phone number, and leave a detailed comment of your experience.

What should you do if you receive a suspicious text message?

  1. Don’t reply. Replying lets the person on the other end know that they have successfully contacted someone.
  2. Don’t download any pictures or attachments that they send you. Attachments can infect your phone with a malware.
  3. Don’t click any links. Even if you recognize the link that they send you, don’t click it. Attackers commonly use links that look like legitimate but redirect you to a malicious website.
  4. Report your experience. It is important to spread the word about suspicious attacks. Navigate to Glasscaller.com, search the phone number that you received a suspicious text message from, and write a comment about what happened. You can also view what other people have said about their experiences with that phone number.

Now you know the best way to handle nuisance calls and suspicious text messages. We hope that you put this information to good use and stay safe when using your phone.

Who Called Me?

It can be frustrating not knowing who left you that mysterious voicemail. Or maybe you just want to know who’s calling you at this very moment. Either way, you really just want to know more information about a telephone number, right? We have you covered.

Back in the days before the internet, the only way to know who was behind a telephone number was to search through a phone book or ask the person and hope they are telling you the truth. Luckily for you, the internet entirely solves this problem. No longer will you have to deal with the complexities of verifying who a phone number belongs to. Now all you have to do is type in the number and press search. Looking up a phone number couldn’t be any easier.

But is a name and address really what you want? A name doesn’t tell you what the caller’s true motives are. Maybe they are pretending to be someone they are not. It doesn’t take much to fall into a complex trap and give away some information that you shouldn’t. That is why phone number reputation services are much more useful than the standard reverse phone lookup. They tell you more than just who is calling you. They tell you want a caller has done in the past and if you should spend time speaking to a caller. They tell you what you actually want to know before you press accept. And most importantly, they help keep you safe from scams and fraud.

Telephone scams are becoming a greater threat to companies and individuals around the world. Scammers are using techniques such as “social engineering” to trick uneducated people into giving away information and money when they shouldn’t be. To prevent such a thing from occurring, always lookup the reputation of a phone number before answering. This will ensure that you are aware of any potential scams that other people have reported. If you do encounter a scam, make sure to share your experience so that others can learn from it.

Have a phone number that you want to know more about? Or maybe you are thinking “who called me?” Search it above to reveal all the information that there is to know about it. Completely free as well.

Uber caves to users' demands to add tipping

As part of its “180 Days of Change,” Uber finally says it will be adding tipping directly to the app. This feature has been requested by drivers and passengers for many years now. However, not all users are happy about this new feature. Many enjoy the relaxed nature of Uber rides where the driver isn’t attempting to build a relationship with the passengers in hopes of a tip. Whether or not this new feature will change the customers experience is up to debate.

Uber plans on incrementally releasing the new feature to cities across the US. Right now, tipping is available in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston. In less than a month, Uber plans to “make tips available to all U.S. drivers.” Feel free to read more about what else Uber has planned. https://pages.et.uber.com/180-days/

I, for one, welcome the new changes Uber is bringing. It is great to see that the tech startup is listening to its users and attempting to fix problems and improve its service.

If A Phone Call From A Stranger Seems Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is

Imagine this - you’re in your car, coming home after a long day at work. You’re tired, hungry, and you just want a chance to relax. Then, your cell phone rings. The Caller ID is a phone number you’ve never seen before, but you answer it anyway. It could be important, you think.

And at first, it seems like it is. The person on the other end of the phone has some amazing news for you. You’ve won the grand prize! They have a five million dollar check with your name on it at their office! All they need is to confirm your address and bank information and they’ll deposit it first thing in the morning!

After you get off the phone, you’re still feeling elated. You’ll be able to quit your job, and go do the traveling you’ve always wanted to do! You can pay off your mortgage and your car loan! But the longer you sit there, the more doubt begins to creep in. On second thought, you don’t actually remember ever entering this contest. And don’t they normally just show up at your door with a big check? You’ve never heard of them depositing it before.

By the next morning, doubt has turned into dread. Because there isn’t five million dollars in your bank account - there’s nothing. The stranger you gave your information to has taken everything.

Hopefully nothing this extreme has ever really happened to you, but this scenario plays out time and time again all over the world, every day. Even as you read this article, thousands of scammers are making phone calls to try and swindle hard working, honest people out of their money. And this is just one of the many deplorable methods they use. Automated menus that prompt you to press certain numbers that will secretly give them access to your information, getting you to answer “yes” to questions in order to have your authorization recorded for the future, and attempting to sell you extravagant items for low, low prices when the purchase will never actually be delivered are a few of their other favorite ploys.

How can you protect yourself? Never answer a phone call if you don’t know who’s calling you. Never believe anything a stranger on the phone tells you, and don’t engage with them. As soon as they start asking for personal information, hang up.

You can also help to protect others by using Glasscaller, a service that allows you to enter a phone number and leave a comment. And you can read the comments left by others. Have a missed call from a phone number you don’t know? Look it up on Glasscaller before calling back, and you might save yourself the hassle of talking to a swindler on the other end.

With Glasscaller’s help, you can fight back against these con artists.

Amp and Adwords

Tutorial: How to get Google Adwords tracking to work with Google AMP.

Don’t get me wrong, AMP is great. It’s just that it is new and the documentation is lacking. A couple sentences and no code is not enough to be able to figure out what to do without looking through the source code. Lucky for you, I dug through the source code and figured out how to actually use Google Adwords with AMP.

Just add this HTML to your AMP page and replace the required values. Please note, not all of the variables are required so you can remove the ones you don’t need.

Conversion tracking

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<amp-analytics type="googleadwords">
<script type="application/json">
{
"vars": {
"googleConversionId": "TODO",
"googleConversionLabel": "TODO",

"googleConversionColor": "TODO",
"googleConversionLanguage": "TODO",
"googleConversionCurrency": "TODO",
"googleConversionValue": "TODO"
},
"triggers": {
"trackPageview": {
"on": "visible",
"request": "conversion"
}
}
}
</script>
</amp-analytics>

Remarketing tracking

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 <amp-analytics type="googleadwords">
<script type="application/json">
{
"vars": {
"googleConversionId": "TODO",
"googleConversionLabel": "TODO"
},
"triggers": {
"trackPageview": {
"on": "visible",
"request": "remarketing"
}
}
}
</script>
</amp-analytics>

https://developers.google.com/adwords/amp/landing-pages#conversion_tracking_and_remarketing
https://github.com/ampproject/amphtml/pull/7273/files#diff-43075fef96144a4f898edb8d18aae69a

What's Glasscaller?

Welcome to Glasscaller! We are excited to be inviting you to try out our awesome new website. Since you probably aren’t familiar with us, we are a reverse phone number search platform. We allow users to share their thoughts about calls that they receive.

We are committed to brining you the best possible service that we can. Below are our some core principles that we stand for and features that we offer.

Privacy

We know you value your privacy which is why privacy is our number one concern. You might not want the person who called you to know that you searched for their number. Or maybe they didn’t call you but instead you just forgot their name. Don’t worry, we have your back. Unlike other reverse phone number search websites, we don’t keep track of what people search for. We have no information to provide if someone comes knocking. That’s because we don’t keep logs. We also will never under any circumstance notify someone that their number has been searched. This would completely violate the trust of all of our users.

Results

You might be thinking, “Why would I use glasscaller over X?” Just because website X says they have billions of rows of data doesn’t mean that they have what you are looking for. Glasscaller offers more than every phone book combined. It offers recent feedback and information from actual people. Knowing a phone call you missed was from a scammer will save you valuable time and energy. Unlike other websites, our servers don’t sit around gathering dust. Our service constantly analyzes a colossal amount of new information that is available on phone numbers every single day.

Free

We won’t make you give us your credit card to look up phone numbers. It would completely breach our core principles. If we collected money from our users, we would have to keep track of what they were searching for. This would violate our number one priority which is privacy. Looking up phone numbers is completely free and will remain free for forever.

Unlimited

Perhaps you have a long list of numbers that you want more information about. We won’t stop you half way and ask you to create an account, verify your phone number, or send us some money. We don’t limit how many searches you can perform unless you are impacting our ability to serve other users.

Stop spam

Don’t get stuck dealing with scammers. Our community driven feedback system will keep you alert of potential scams and unwanted phone calls. If you receive a call from an unfamiliar number, don’t immediately answer it. Search for the number on glasscaller and see what other users have said about it.