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Long Distance Local Scam Calls?


Recently, our caller ID has shown us calls that identify as though they come from the Bratt Chamber and Famolare, Inc, and the phone numbers listed appear as the correct 802 numbers. When answered they were long distance, foreign-sounding folks making the calls.

Anyone else getting odd long-distance calls from what appear to be local numbers and ID's?

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I sure have. I screen calls,

I sure have. I screen calls, but have let up lately for various reasons. I answered a call with a Brattleboro number, and there was a several second wait before someone came on the line, pushing me to agree to a free consultation with a local solar expert. I wished him a nice day and said good-bye.

 
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a bit more

I've done a bit more reading and this seems to be a common enough scam for state AG's to post warnings about it. Not much can be done, it seems.

Spoofing local caller ID is a way for the scammer to get people to pick up the phone, when they'd typically ignore some strange, unfamiliar long distance number.

It's not that hard to do if one is using VoIP (eg., web-based calls). Software allows the person making the call to type in whatever they'd like to have come up on the recipient's caller ID box.

Sometimes pre-paid phone cards can be told to have an ID when used, and can be configured. That seems like a bit more effort if lots of calls are being made.

Best response is to hang up.

 

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