While I was at the store, I received a call from a gentleman who told me he was from Verizon Wireless and that I overpaid my phone bill and they were giving me a credit. He wanted to know how I wanted to receive my credit. I told him that I would call them later because I did not want to give any information over the telephone. When I get home, I called the Verizon Wireless number on the bill (this # is different from the one that called me). The lady who answered said no one from VW called me today and that I was "spoofed". Scammers can get our numbers and pretend to be a company..they are trying to get info about us.
Some of you may have heard of this, but for those of us who haven't get your number added to the 'no soliciting' list.
That is NOT what spoofing means.
Spoofing is when someone calls you and they SPOOF the number that appears on your caller ID. In other words the number that shows up on your caller ID will be from a local phone number or company and that is not where the call actually came from. I know several people who have received calls and the number on the caller ID was their own phone number.
The deal with someone calling pretending to be your whatever company is nothing new. This has went on for years.
Adding your phone number to the do not call list is a waste. I am on it and I get calls all day. Most of the calls are from another country but they SPOOF the number so it shows up on my caller ID as a local number in hopes I will answer it. I do not answer anything. If it is not someone I know it goes to voice mail. If it is important I will return the call.
And you act surprised that they can get info about you such as who your cell service is with. You give it up freely all day when you sit online doing surveys.