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Colorado business owner fights back
after falling victim to ´caller ID spoofing´

Fox News, by Cristina Corbin

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/26/2014 5:34:38 PM

When Stayc Lafean launched a small towing company last month, spending $5,000 to print her new business phone number on trucks and advertisements, the Colorado woman never imagined she would fall victim to "caller ID spoofing" -- a scam in which virtually untraceable parties use someone else´s number to disguise the identity of their own and inundate cell phones and land lines with relentless telemarketing robo-calls. While federal law prohibits caller ID spoofing "for the purposes of defrauding or otherwise causing harm," so-called non-harmful spoofing isn´t necessarily illegal. In Lafean´s case, the phone number for her Colorado Springs towing company is being

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mws50, 7/26/2014 5:40:51 PM     (No. 9941399)

I´m sick of those spam calls on my cell, asking if I want a rate reduction on my credit cards. I´d like to hunt down one of those scam artists, and show them how artistic I can be.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 7/26/2014 5:48:32 PM     (No. 9941408)

I have been thinking about this after getting Rachel from Cardmember Services calling every day, and all the others with "important news." The NSA could put themselves to good use by tracking down each and every one of these spammers to their origination and the owners, then the CIA, Special Forces and Nuclear Forces could deal with them once and for all, quietly (except for the nukes, but who would care?).

And while they are at it they go after the Indian kids who call telling me my Windows computer, which I don´t have, is sending them messages about a problem.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bkt23, 7/26/2014 5:53:31 PM     (No. 9941415)

Is the name Stayc supposed to be pronounced the same way Stacy is pronounced? You have to wonder about parents. I met a young lady at the grocery store whose name tag read "La-a". She told me her name was pronounced Ladasha when I inquired. She looked at me, rolled her eyes, and said she still hasn´t forgiven her mother.

As for caller ID spoofing, people who do that should be burned at the stayc. I mean stake.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: OC Jackson, 7/26/2014 6:22:09 PM     (No. 9941436)

#2. When Rachael calls I answer in Korean. She hangs up.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: gillyo, 7/26/2014 7:25:31 PM     (No. 9941492)

My favorite way of dealing with these calls is to put the phone up against my radio,turn it up full blast, and then walk away.

Another thing to be aware of is that if someone steals your mail, and they have your phone number, they can activate any credit cards you get in the mail. It happened to my mother. Turns out that they can make it look like the call came from your home phone. In my mom´s case she was liable for some of the charges, even though she never even had the card.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: saguni, 7/26/2014 7:29:03 PM     (No. 9941494)

Unless caller ID shows someone I want to talk with, I answer my phone (when I choose to answer at all) with:

Who are you and what do you want?? This number is on the "do not call" list for a reason.

Most of them just hang up.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: shamus, 7/26/2014 7:38:07 PM     (No. 9941499)

It would be trivially easy to create a technical solution to this problem given minimal government cooperation.

Since our government is pathetically incompetent and has no interest in helping its citizens, this will continue to be a problem.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/26/2014 8:24:48 PM     (No. 9941535)

So what exactly do those government agencies do for those high salaries, benefits, early retirements?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Lonestar Jack, 7/26/2014 8:45:32 PM     (No. 9941545)

A Massachusetts PR company - is the
Owner of the company sending out offensive emails to my contact list of 131 people. They have done this twice some 4 months apart.

Registrant Organization: THE ENDURANCE INTERNATIONAL GROUP, INC.
Registrant Street: 10 CORPORATE DRIVE, SUITE 300
Registrant City: BURLINGTON
Registrant State/Province: MA
Registrant Postal Code: 01803

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