If you are human, you’re likely annoyed with the amount of spam calls that reach your cell or landline phone every day. And if you’re a millennial, you’re especially irked by the latest tactic from phone scammers….leaving a voicemail. Scam artists use call technology to randomly target your phone number, sometimes multiple times per day, with caller ID showing various numbers. Spam calls and subsequent voicemails left by con artists are nothing new, but the frequency of which they contact you, has, at least to me, recently intensified. A vague “free assessment” voicemail has been especially irksome as of late.Some of these phone calls offer listeners a chance to “opt out” of future calls by pressing a number. Unfortunately, this strategy can also be used to identify active phone lines. By pressing the “opt out” option, you could unknowingly be inviting other spam callers to dial you up. The repeated calls and vague voicemails may pique the interest of some people to return the calls, but if someone you’re communicating with won’t identify themselves, how can you verify its legitimacy? Always request a business or organization name, physical address and phone number when communicating with someone over the phone, via text, in an email, on social media or online. You can check with your Better Business Bureau to verify legitimacy of a local or national business or organization before proceeding with the communication. Two examples of the voicemails vexing consumers:Assessment VoicemailSerious Allegations VoicemailIf you have a landline phone, check with your phone carrier to see what other options are available to help stop spam calls. For cell phone users, if it’s the same number contacting you frequently, you can choose to block the number. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) reports random robocalls and other spam calls can be eased with call-blocking apps. For more information on identifying and avoiding scams, visit bbb.org. To report a scam and find instances of fraud reported in your area, check out BBB Scam Tracker.