Tim got a call on his cell phone the other night. He. answered it. Almost immediately, he said, "Okay," and then he hung up the phone. I looked over at him. "Who was that?"
He said, "I don't know. She said, "I'll call you right back."
I said, "Why do you answer those phone calls? You're not supposed to. Let them go to voicemail. If it is someone important, they'll leave a message."
He got cranky with me. "You didn't tell me that."
I have. Multiple times, but when his phone rings, he answers it. Always.
He checked the number. It was from Jamaica.
"Tiiiiimmmmm...." I said, And I googled 'why would I get a call from Jamaica telling me that they would call back' and up popped the answer. There is a business there that just randomly dial numbers one right after another. If the phone is answered, they say "I'll call you back," and hang up. Their job is done. They note the number as a live number and put it out into the world wide scammers. The website stated that this was only the first call in a flood of scam calls.
Sure enough, there were three phone calls, one right after another. Tim did not answer them. I blocked the number on his phone.
This morning, another came in. I typed the number into Google. These calls are coming from India. They claim to be your electric company, They spoof their identity so that you cannot tell that they are not, but a good clue is that the number will come up with no ID information. They tell you that they have a warrant for your arrest unless you settle the bill right now, with your credit card. They also threaten to cut your power. This scam goes out all across the company, and they have done their homework. They know the electric provider in each area that they call.
I blocked that number too. Once again, I reminded Tim, "DO NOT ANSWER THE PHONE IF YOU DO NOT RECOGNIZE THE NUMBER! Let it go to voicemail!"
Now I am warning you too.