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Vote Now: Do you answer calls from unknown numbers?

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Let me tell you a story. Last year, a young man went missing in the Colorado mountains. It was late October and Mount Elbert was getting cold and dangerous. The hiker did not arrive on time at the place where he was staying and was reported missing.

The entire search lasted over 24 hours and ended with a happy ending – the man managed to make his way back to his car and essentially saved himself.

The funny thing is, he had no idea that people were looking for him because he didn’t answer the calls from the search and rescue team. He said it was an unknown number. Now that’s just a funny story worthy of meme, but it begs the question – should you answer calls from unknown numbers?

Well, if you are in the mountains and late for your check in, the answer should be yes. But then again, there are countless cases of telephone scams and potentially dangerous calls that make the news every day.

So we’d like to know what your policy on calls from unknown numbers really is? For me personally it depends. If the caller persists and the area code shows they are in my country, I take the call. Otherwise it’s a hard ignore.

Things get more complicated when you’re vacationing in another country—that could be anyone—from your travel agent to the Airbnb host you’re staying with. So do you answer calls from unknown numbers, and if so, under what circumstances?

Vote in our poll and share your mystery stories in the comments below.

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