I don’t know about you, but I’ve almost given up on using the telephone for any reason—business or personal. You probably know why. Robocalls and other scams.
I get more crap calls than real ones—sometimes as many as 30 to 1. It’s a real problem that the ability to spoof phone numbers has only made worse. I even get robocalls from myself. I don’t engage in robocalls; my Caller ID identifies some of them I receive as coming from a number registered to me.
To me, spoofing other phone numbers is a form of identity theft. The thieves are trying to use someone else’s credibility to get you to listen to their scams.
First Orion, a company that lobbies for “transparency in communication,” predicts than half of all calls made by next year will be scams.
Why Do They Use Those Robocallers?
By using robocalls, the scammers encounter virtually no expense. Everyone has a computer, and the software to make the calls and spoof legitimate users is freely available. If even one of the 5.1-billion—Yes! 5.1-Billion—robocalls made last month results in a successful scam, the frauds making the calls are profitable, and that’s all that matters to these sociopaths.
I’m using strong language here. I stand by it. “There are virtually no legitimate marketers trying to reach you to sell you something using a prerecorded call,” Lois Greisman, director of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Marketing Practices Division told CNN. I agree.