recent articles from the better business bureau (central east texas),
scam busters dot org and the fiscal times dot com explain that there are a couple of new scams floating about. First Scam: telemarketers and scammers are using (spoofing) the phone numbers of regular people
in order to get householders to pick up the phone. The phone numbers
of regular people, including small businesses, are not likely to be
found in the compiled lists of spoofed numbers such as the lists found on the caller complaints website. That would explain why we and many
other posters are receiving tons of calls from florists, child day
care centers, family businesses in tampa, florida and the elderly.
The Second Scam: telemarketers and scammers are using (spoofing)
the telephone numbers of the actual householder whom they call.
The BBB article stated that the apparent objective is for the
householder to be so shocked and/or curious that their own phone
number shows up in their caller ID, that they will pick up the
phone just to see what the call is all about. The BBB advises
not to do that. BBB also says that if you miss the call, do not
call "your" number back. And as always, do not give out any
financial or personal identifying information. What a world we
live in today, eh?