Anyone else getting lots of odd random callers?

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Anyone else getting lots of odd random callers?

Postby pablo2006b » 02/19/2021

Just within the past 2 days I've been getting lots of random numbers calling me.

Some are automated recordings trying to scam me with tax information, some are just quiet with no response...

I just called one back and some female picked up & I could hear a baby gurgling so it didn't seem to be the initial caller as it was complete silence...

I'm guessing someone is spoofing her number?

They all have the same inital numbers ie. 226.667.XXXX which is similar to my number's first six digits..
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Re: Anyone else getting lots of odd random callers?

Postby Liptonbrisk » 02/19/2021

I'm not, but what you're describing is a pretty common situation.

Scammers will spoof phone numbers starting with the same digits as your phone number in hope that you'll think it's a number from someone near you, which, in turn, is supposed to make you interested enough to pick up.
Picking up is not a good idea. They know the line is active and that someone is there who is ready to be scammed. Then they'll add your phone number to a list.

With an Obihai ATA or IP Phone, I just send all incoming calls matching my Freephoneline prefix (I don't know anyone I would be interested in talking to using the same prefix as me) to a message that indicates my number is out of service.

My cellular service makes unknown callers dial a random number between 0 and 9 to reach me. I'm not bombarded that much.
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Re: Anyone else getting lots of odd random callers?

Postby pablo2006b » 02/19/2021

Liptonbrisk wrote:I'm not, but what you're describing is a pretty common situation.

Scammers will spoof phone numbers starting with the same digits as your phone number in hope that you'll think it's a number from someone near you, which, in turn, is supposed to make you interested enough to pick up.
Picking up is not a good idea. They know the line is active and that someone is there who is ready to be scammed. Then they'll add your phone number to a list.

With an Obihai ATA or IP Phone, I just send all incoming calls matching my Freephoneline prefix (I don't know anyone I would be interested in talking to using the same prefix as me) to a message that indicates my number is out of service.

My cellular service makes unknown callers dial a random number between 0 and 9 to reach me. I'm not bombarded that much.


Ok that makes sense. Thank you for taking the time to respond. That random number between 0 -> 9 sounds like a great feature.

Cheers
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