My wife and I have received two recorded message type phone calls in the past two days from someone claiming to be from IRS and that I was being investigated unless I called them. The phone number to call was given as 1-352-281-6660 in both cases.
That same number showed up on caller ID as the number of the calling party. If it is so easy to get these phone numbers, why doesn't some federal agency track these shysters down and prosecute them?????
Yep. Our police have asked people to stop reporting these calls.
.. some dumb idiots have actually fallen for this obvious scam !
.. they have gone out and bought " phone cards " and called back
to the scammers - with the phone-card code-numbers - thinking that
the Canada Revenue / IRS actually works this way .. geeeze.
Really ? !
Maybe or maybe not. Let's also consider that these goofs can spoof
caller ID numbers and thus confuse idiots who go on the internet, Google
search a number and then post it to these lists which can cause harm to
I ran the number through a teleco database that is updated intraday and
came up with totally different subscriber information
Our laws apply within our borders, but the phone scammers are
overseas. Even so, the feds have managed to shut a few of these down.
Problem is, it's an endless game of whack-a-mole. Scammer A hires a
bunch of people to work the phones, and while doing so, they learn how
the scam works. Even if their employer gets shut down, some of them
just get into the business themselves and the scam continues - except
where it began with one boiler room operation, now there's multiple
ones. The "Rachel from Card Services" scam is a known example of that,
and the IRS scam is probably doing the same. Once a con artist comes
up with a new idea, a bunch more jump on the bandwagon.
This has been a problem for decades, so everyone should know by now
that you don't _have_ to answer a call, especially when we have the
ability to screen calls and take messages. That's the power each of us
has for handling these. If you haven't figured that out by now, the
problem isn't just getting unwanted calls, it's your inability to
figure out how to ignore them.
I know most are overseas. If I get a live one, I've been telling them
lately that I'm sorry but I don't speak to colored people. Sorta hope I
make them mad enough to quit or demand more money.
I'm no computer expert but think there are things we could do.
Telephone companies could note millions of calls and cut them off.
The "microsoft" scammers could take over a computer that infects them
with a fatal virus instead of the other way around.
My gut reaction is that, somehow, the phone companies benefit from those
calls. For sure, the cell phone carriers do because they are burning
minutes for those on minute-limited plans. For land line carriers, I
would think that those calls serve a marketing purpose: selling people
like me on paying extra for CallerID/Simultaneous ring.
It isn't the content of the calls for me... *any* caller has about .7
seconds to show some response and then I hang up... "Hello, this is Pete
Cresswell.... HelloHello.... CLICK!".
But the sheer number of rings is a problem - even letting them to go
answering machine is a problem when you start getting a half-dozen to a
dozen a day.
I've had plain old basic phone service since Day-1 and, cheap as I am, I
am about *that* far away from either putting out the big bucks for
CallerID/Simultaneous ring or putting my incoming calls on the VOIP
service I use for outgoing.
The first option would give me access to apps that crowd-source junk
The second one would let me implement Challenge/Response: "Hello, this
is the Cresswell's answering machine. "Press 1 for Joe, Press 2 for
Sue..." and so-forth - along with a GoldList of known callers that do
not get the prompt. The downsides of the second are uncertainty
about how 911 calls would work and family members who do not like
Put your incoming calls on VOIP (phone over the internet).
Then, sign up for "nomorobo.com".
(assuming your ISP/VOIP service will handle it)
I had my doubts about it.
But for non-commerical use (homeowner), it works, and quite
Phone rings once, then callerID displays call number.
I, too, have an old land line used for business with fax machine.
Connection is FIOS as they are getting rid of copper here but not billed
or serviced as VoIP. I could not get an old answering machine to work
with it and the fax so will pick it up if I am nearby.
99% of all calls are telemarketers or scammers. Even most of the faxes
I think, particularly when I got it many years ago, that it is under my
name as Sr. which I got as a business phone at homeowner price as
additional phone. Seniors are targeted by spammers as many are more
susceptible to fraud.
It's totally disgusting what has happened to our phones. One guy even
said he would vote for president anyone that said they would clean up
I'm probably closer to that guy that I would care to admit.
And the cynic in me says that if those robocallers that the Pennsylvania
State DA claims cannot be prosecuted were to threaten political figures
above a certain level, said robocallers would be behind bars within 24
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