06-02-2016, 11:24 AM
(This post was last modified: 06-02-2016, 04:01 PM by Crimson Nape.)
U.S. Telemarketers employ a tactic where they will call and either end the call after 3 rings (it takes 2 rings for caller ID to register) or if you answer, will hangup. An unsuspecting recipient of one of these calls will see a missed call and a phone number. Dialing this number to see who you missed now makes you the instigator of the call to them and trips the exclusionary rule in the Do Not Call law. They now can and will call you from then on.
Here is the newest telemarketer tactic that adds to the first one. If the telemarketer gets your voicemail they will pretend to have called somebody else, like a doctor's office, requesting to change their appointment and leave a number. Most people would think that the person got the wrong number and call them to let them know that they dialed the wrong number. . . BIG MISTAKE! You just called them.
I hope this warning may help somebody.
I have gotten into the habit of if I don't recognize the number, I won't answer it. If they want me bad enough, they can leave a VM. Don't do callbacks to unknown numbers either.
BTW, got a telemarketer call on my On-Star system in the car. Reported them to ON-Star.