800 number left on your voicemail

I keep getting automated phone calls that tell me to call an 800 number regarding a death. I think it’s probably a scam, but it’s very upsetting. Can you give me any information about this? How can I stop them from calling? — O.U., Fayetteville

A : They’re calling you about a debt, not a death.

The question then is whether it’s one you actually owe.