recent articles from better business bureau, scam busters dot org and the fiscal times dot com say that there are new scams. One is for the telemarketers and scammers to use (spoof) the phone numbers of regular people (especially small business phones) knowing that these numbers will not be on the compiled lists of spoofed numbers available online.
That would probably explain why we and lots of other posters are getting calls randomly from local florists, family businesses in
tampa, florida, child day care centers and even the elderly, including an elderly woman of 86 in haines city, florida. The other scam is
to use (spoof) the phone number of the householder being called. The
BBB says that the objective is for the householder to be so shocked
or curious or both to see his or her phone number in the caller ID
that they pick up the phone. BBB warns against this but if you do
pick up, do not press any buttons that you may be instructed to do
by caller or recording. If you missed the call, do not call
"your" number back and of course, do not give out any financial
or personal identifying information.