I wish I had the power to Stop Spoof Calls, I bet I would be a millionaire if I could figure that out. What is more of a nuisance than your phone rings you look at the caller ID and you know what comes next. Yep, it’s either a recording or someone on the other line trying to sell you something or trying to steal your personal information.
The later is the worse one of all. That’s why we have been trained to not answer the phone when we don’t recognize it. So you may think who cares what they can come up with, were not going to answer anyway so bring it on! Well they decided to change the game up a bit.
You Can Do What!
The scammer instead of using a phone number from their homeland they are spoofing local numbers so they have a much better chance of someone answering the phone. What they do is
spoof a local phone right from your local area same six numbers in front that your used to seeing. Because, when people see a local number they are more app to answer.
Just think even when you don’t see a name on the caller ID. Don’t you just want to answer because of those first 6 numbers. For example my kids school I don’t know why but it’s not in my phone so when I see a local number I usually answer the phone.
Were thinking maybe it’s a friend, maybe it’s that girl/guy I gave my phone number to, or maybe it’s the garage telling me the car is ready. You get the idea, its just plain frustrating. Most people when
they see that local number they think oh that must be someone I know, I wonder
who it could be so what do we do, why yes answer it.
Who The Hell Is It
Well to your surprise they are trying to sell you something. I have had it done to me they said this is
your credit card company and nothing is wrong, but if I could lower your rate would you would be interested? Actually, no I wouldn’t be interested, I am guessing they would start asking personal
information and maybe even your Credit Card number.
This is what we were talking about before, the ugliest of them all, is getting your personal information. Some people might not even think and just give it to them. With the hopes of getting their rate lowered to like 2% or something like that. Then when it’s too late you’ll see these mystery
charges on your credit card statement.
Of course trying to find them is next to impossible because they are not calling from down the street as it would seam. They could be calling from anywhere. This is why scammers are so dangerous because they try to be one step ahead. From my research this is very illegal with fines up to $10K per phone call.
OK, What The Heck Is Spoofing
That’s great and all except for the fact of how are you going to catch them they are overseas and they are not going to come back here and fess up, that’s for sure. For people out there that don’t know exactly what spoofing is I am going to tell you. This is the definition of when spoofing actually occurs,
Spoofing occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise, mislead, or inaccurate caller ID information. With the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongly obtain anything of value. So just like it says you can’t purposefully hide who you are. You can’t trick the person on the other end of the phone into thinking it’s someone else.
Then turn around and try to sell them something. The best ways to fight spoofing is…
- Ignore The Call
- Don’t Give Out Personal Data
- If you feel your being pressured, don’t give any info.
- If you have a voicemail with your service provider make sure you put a password on it.
- File A Complaint With FCC
What Else Are Those Shi*s Up Too
I hate to even say this its like a punch in the face, but since all the resent hurricanes. There are people using the spoofing and robocall methods to target the people devastated by Mother Nature’s Wrath. As if, these poor people need anymore headaches. They are calling them to scam them with flood insurance.
The best thing to do if you get this kind of call is to hang up, and call your insurance agent or the company you do business with. Whatever you do please just remember to verify. I am going to give you some numbers at the end of this post to keep on hand.
There is no way to protect yourself from everything, but you can still try. If you, don’t protect yourself who will. The thing you need to know is what to protect yourself from. That’s where I come in, I will continue to search out scams so you know what to protect from.
I have to give an extra special shout down to these despicable people that are involved in scamming the people from the hurricanes. You are truly the lowest of the low, you should be ashamed of yourselves. I don’t think that’s going to do much good, but it makes me feel better.
I know this goes without saying, but ya I’m going to say it anyway. There are drop off places everywhere for supplies that they need especially Puerto Rico. Do what you can to help even if you can only spare your change every little bit helps. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
- National Flood Insurance Program: 1-800-638-6620
- FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline: 1-866-720-5721 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or File A Complant With The FCC
FCC rules specifically require that a telemarketer:
- Transmit or display its telephone number or the telephone number for who they are calling for. If at all possible display the name of the person or company that they are selling products for.
- Display a telephone number that you can call during regular business hours. So you can ask them to no longer call you. This rule even applies if you already have a business relationship with a company.
If you have and questions or if you just have something to share. If you live in Puerto Rico, Texas, or Florida tell us your story. I wish you guys the best, I can’t imagine what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
All the best,