The Single Mistake These 10 "Pros" Make

May 14, 2013 13:47:25Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

The Single Mistake These 10

What single mistake do nine types of professionals make on a daily basis? It sounds like the opening of a joke, but there's no humor in this situation. It's true - there is a single misstep that ten different types of pros make every day, and the results can be disastrous for mobile privacy. So what error are they making? The people described below are guilty of giving out their phone number like candy, ignoring the fact that their digits could get them into big trouble if they were to fall into the wrong hands.

1. Realtors
It's hard to be competitive in the world of real estate without a good website. Unfortunately, many realtors don't have official offices, meaning they may be tempted to put their own personal phone number on their site, rather than a second phone number serving as a business line. This puts them at risk of exploitation from spammers and scammers.

2. Online Daters
Online dating may feel intimate and personal, but even the most romantic and sweet guys can turn out to be creeps once you meet up in the real world. Giving out your phone number to guys you meet online could lead to you being harassed or stalked later on.

3. Salespeople
Making cold calls isn't easy, but often, a successful sale relies on the buyer feeling connected to the person making the pitch. In an effort to garner a "personal" relationship with the buyer, marketers may feel tempted to give out their own phone number, which could be a big mistake.

4. Actors/Models
Like realtors, actors and models typically don't have an office. While it's important that you provide a way for agents and casting directors to contact you, listing your personal phone number on your website, business card or resume is not a good idea.

5. Bartenders/Waitresses
How do you get that annoying patron to stop asking you for your number? The answer isn't by giving him or her your only set of digits. Instead, keep a disposable phone number handy, so you can get rid of it if one of those pesky barflies starts bothering you incessantly.

6. Hairstylists
Hairstylists are often responsible for maintaining and growing their client base, especially if they enjoy doing outside-the-salon projects like weddings or parties. Once again, it's best to have a business-related line reserved for clients - otherwise, you may find people calling you at all hours begging you to stop by for a quick blowout or dye job.

7. Attorneys
Attorneys are often on the go, meaning they frequently have to call clients and co-workers from the courthouse or while on the road. Doing so from their only mobile number is dangerous, especially if they're working with criminals. However, this problem can be avoided by using an additional phone number that can be disposed of and replaced if necessary.

8. Doctors
Medical professionals are used to long hours, and cell phones help them return calls to patients whenever they can. However, doctors don't have time to be harassed by fraudsters if their number falls into the wrong hands, which is why it's essential that they invest in a second mobile number.

9. Teachers
It's important that teachers foster a strong and personal relationship with their students, but using cell phones to stay in touch with pupils is crossing a boundary. If teachers must contact their students after the last bell has rung, it's best to do so from an additional phone number dedicated exclusively to school-related matters.

10. Online Buyers/Sellers
If you use Craigslist or eBay frequently, you probably know that there are many strange and creepy people on the internet looking to make a quick buck or purchase a cheap item. For this reason, using your personal phone number when dealing with online buyers and sellers is a dangerous move. 

If you're in any of these industries or find yourself giving out your phone number frequently, be careful! Using an additional phone number can help you stay safe.