Vote now: do you answer calls from unknown numbers?

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

The whole search operation continued for more than 24 hours and ended with a happy ending – the man managed to find his way back to his car and essentially fled.

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

Well, if you’re in the mountains and late for your check-in, the answer should be yes. But again, there are countless cases of phone scams and potentially dangerous calls making the news every day.

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

Things get complicated when you’re vacationing in another country — that call 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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