problem= telemarketers stealing or purchasing local phone numbers! Be forewarned right here right now.

By ananur forma | Oct 04, 2017

what this means to me is that when you see on your caller ID a local phone number do NOT answer it because, "they" can then, steal YOUR phone number!

I have on my message that I will not answer, nor will I call back, unless the person speaks and leave me a message because of the telemarketers. It's true, I just spoke with the police- this has become common practice for telemarketers to steal local phone numbers! This is very serious and nothing we can do about it except to alert each other. I am very concerned for elders and those living alone who are on the threshold of living with alzheimers, etc.

here's an example of a telemarketer that phoned me today 594-5601 on came an automated message onto my voice mail. see what I mean? I might have thought it was a local friend. and yes, getting on "the Do Not call List," is a good idea, but this is way beyond that, read below! I've been on "the Do Not call list,"  since 2003 when I first learned about it when I was a telemarketer, for a mortgage company of a total of 3 months. It was "good money," at the time. Very hard job, with people venting and taking out their anger on us. Someone on the phone, said, "You sound like a nice person, why are you telemarketer?" That's when I decided to quit, and so I gave them my "2 week notice."

this is from a friend who works in Camden/Rockport area.

We had a scammer spoofing CMP's real number (where I work) and then telling us we had an unpaid bill. The business owner (who is an older lady) called the number the scammer gave her and the decanters attempted to charge her 1,000's of dollars for "unpaid electric bill" or else they were going to shut it off in a couple of hours.  Meanwhile I called CMP and told them about the suspicious call. They informed us that we had no bill or even an account (business rents and electric is included). CMP was extremely concerned about the scam because the scammers had been posing as CMP and using their number. Our business owner, then got I touch with CMP offical office and CMP urged her to file a police report, which she did. The Rockport police, practically laughed at her, because they received reports so often it wasn't even worth the paper work! There was nothing we could do about it. We hope that CMP, as a company takes legal matters into their own hands because other than being smart and cautious, there seems to be little protection or defense against these kind of spoofing scams.*
Very dangerous for elders, the uninformed, the gullible, or those who may be easily convinced to playing along. We get spoofed local number calls all the time at the store, CMP scan was most notable.

 

(NBC)

Dale's evenings and weekends are marred by constant calls from angry people asking, "Why did you call me? What do you want? What are you selling?"

Unaware of the reasons for such accusations, Dale discovered from these callers that they had been receiving calls -- calls she never made -- from her home phone number!

"I explain to them that this is a house and there's nobody here but me and my dog," said Dale. "Some say 'OK,' others get a little irate and don't believe me."

Dale contacted her phone provider, AT&T, who told her she was a victim of a practice known as "Caller ID-spoofing" and that the company had only limited capabilities in combating the problem, given its technically "legal" status.

According to the Florida Attorney General's office, "Spoofing" -- known also as phone cloning -- is not illegal and is a scam employed typically by telemarketing firms to circumvent the Caller ID system by falsifying their calling party number information.

"There's been people who've called me who said that my number is on there multiple times, its not just once," said Dale. "So I think that's why they end up calling the number back because they see it's a phone number and not like an 800 or 900 number and they want to know who or what they want."

Dale's dilemma is not uncommon. In fact, it's relatively accessible to anyone on a number of websites to deliberately purchase credits and gain entry into a list of phone numbers. With those, the buyer can make phone calls that will appear to be coming from the number they purchased.

Thus, Dale's number was allegedly used by the telemarketers to disguise themselves to people across the country who thought she was calling and not them.

For Dale, the only options were to either continue to explain to callers the situation or change her number, neither of which appeased her.

"I don't want to change my number" she exclaimed. "I don't see any reason why I should have to suffer any more than I already have."

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