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.
In Lafean’s case, the phone number for her Colorado Springs towing company is being used as a front for a company claiming to sell time-shares and robo-calling people all over the U.S. and beyond.
The problem began on Monday when Lafean said she received 275 phone calls within six hours “from people who had my number on their caller ID.”
“This company put my new number into some auto-dialing system,” said Lafean, who filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, claiming her business is suffering because people are “constantly” calling her number — in most cases angry about the robo-calls — and potential customers are unable to get through.
I stopped paying for Caller-ID on my home phone several years ago. At the same time I turned off all the ringers for that line. I still need a phone number to give out to the numerous doctor’s offices, banks and anyone else who demands a phone number to conduct business these days. Everyone sells their customers numbers today and I refuse to be someones marketing
I’ve written about this subject which is near and undear to my heart.
If Caller-ID was absolutely accurate and only showed valid information then I and many other people would be willing to pay for it. As a telecom engineer of forty years experience I can affirm that it is not impossible to stop the transmission of false data. How shortsighted of the carrier companies to not have stopped this from happening many years ago. It devalued the worth of the feature for which they charged a premium. They could do it now, but they won’t.
I might have retained Caller-ID if it cost no more than 25 cents monthly. But $9.95? Forgetaboutit!
It’s the sad comment of the early 21st Century, nothing gets fixed. Everything slides into a miasma of festering corruption. It’s the age of Obama. (Sorry, never miss an opportunity to piss in his ear).