We received a call from someone claiming to be from ConEdison alerting us that a team was coming to shut off our power for non payment. (We are on automatic pay) She gave us number to call and if we had called it I am sure they would have asked for money. Instead, I got the name of the sender (fake) from my Verizon app and reported to their fraud department. He said both the number the call came from and the number we were asked to call and he said they were IP numbers which could have come from India for all he knew. Nothing to be done but warn people.
I see an opportunity for a class action lawsuit against the fraudsters, if and when they're identified, for illegitimate use of a incorporated names.
Sometimes I'm tempted to stay on the line until the "if yes, press 1 now", then pretend I'm interested, ask for their EIN number and tell them it's so I can report them to the Feds and the IRS for investigation. I wouldn't get the EIN number, but it might put some fear into the person calling.
However, many of these people are not native English speakers; they may be across the globe in some remote area, and the Federal government might not even create fear for them, but they ARE spoofing local area code numbers so that fraud would give the Feds grounds to go after them.
I might just try that with the next jerk who calls, but unfortunately most of the calls are robocalls.
I've received texts/emails message that say my Amazon/T-Mobile account details were changed, or an order was placed, and if I didn't authorize the changes then call/reply. They're preying on people's concerns about being scammed to scam them. Unreal. 😠
I'm also getting a lot of "do you want to sell your house at....(either my father's house or mine)" I used to toy with them just to be annoying, and ask questions I knew they couldn't answer.
What is apparent is that people with foreign accents are making the initial calls. It's not that often I get calls from someone who can carry on a conversation or even understands more English beyond "yes" or "no." Then I toy with them and tell them I need a D & B report on their company. They have no idea what I'm talking about.
HGTV really did a disservice by focusing so much on rehabbers and flippers. But I've learned they also don't use the term. They consider themselves "real estate investors." Yeah, sure.
I have a son who is an actor who has done telemarketing. But has never done stuff like this. There is honest work out there for folks with lovely voices, he tells me.
For a couple of go-rounds I said things like "do you know that you're despicable" but I got bored. I just don't answer any more.