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kneesox's avatar

How does this click trap work?

Asked by kneesox (1554points) 1 month ago

I get a “missed” phone call on my cell from an unknown number with my same area code and first three digits.

I google the number.

There’s listings that say identify caller, but they have URLs like restaurants, bars, and hotels.

Of course I’m not clickng them. But what’s going on there?

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zenvelo's avatar

It’s a telemarketer using a spoof number that will appear to you as being “local” so that you will answer.

I get three or four a day from my area code and prefix, all junk calls. When I got my cell number 25 years ago from CellularOne), the first three digits weren’t really popular, so I think there must be a lot available.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

The number doesn’t have to be available. Spoofing changes only the Caller ID display.

kneesox's avatar

Please read my details. I’m not asking about the caller or the phone number. I’m asking about the “services” that offer to identify the unknown caller. Like, “Find out who’s calling you” and the URL for that service says something like“Alphonse’s SeasideGrlll.”

Tropical_Willie's avatar

The SPAMMER is Spoofing a number, any number they want, using a computer.

I’ve gotten three calls in the last ten days that were a Doctor’s office six states away, a used car lot that is a two hour drive and a Dentist office in the next state.

Caravanfan's avatar

Yeah, apparently my car warranty is out of date and needs to be updated. I get constantly reminded of that.

kneesox's avatar

Please read my details.

I’m not asking about the caller or the phone number.

I’m asking about the online “services” that offer to identify the unknown caller.

Like, “Find out who’s calling you” and the URL for that service says something like“Alphonse’s SeasideGrlll.”

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I’m asking about the online “services” that offer to identify the unknown caller.

If you google it, you get whatever has that number PLUS a lot of useless partial matches like 555–555-1XXX.

The services like Whitepages.com gather up actual phone numbers wherever they can. If you’re lucky, they have the one you want on hand. Often, they do not. Lots of landlines are not listed anywhere, people change numbers, and there is nothing like a phone book for cell numbers.

I used to track people online and we used paid services that are not available to the general public. I am guessing they could get us a phone number about ⅓ of the time.

kneesox's avatar

I don’t know why ,my question is so hard to understand.But never mind, I don’t have anything at stake in this so I’ll just give it up.

Caravanfan's avatar

@kneesox Your question is hard to understand because it’s badly written.

kneesox's avatar

Ok then, thanks for the feedback.

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