Several times over the last week I have received “missed calls” on my cell phone from 202.664.1270. But I am getting ahead of myself…
Today, my cell phone rang and a local 760 area code number showed as the caller ID. I answered and heard a very loud screech immediately… then silence… I said “Hello?” (which I was about to say when the screech jarred my thinking).
Silence… then a phone ringing, as if I had just dialed someone.
If I know him, I might tell him how I am today, but not before I am sure I know him. Secretly, I loathe people who pretend to be concerned about how I am when all they want is my money. Someday I will have the nerve to answer, “Well, pretty good except for that infectious rash…”
An Asian-sounding man (let’s not quibble about how I came to this conclusion) asked me “How are you today?” to which I replied, “Who is this?” This, fortunately, worked its magic, because he immediately said “How are you today?” to which I quite naturally replied “Who is this?”
When he finally realized I was on to him and was not going to fall neatly into paragraph one of his scammer script he asked me “How are you today?”
I said “Stop asking me that. Who are you?”
He said “I want to know if you have a mortgage.”
I replied, “It is illegal for you to call me. Do not call me again, and please remove my phone number from your call list.”
“But you do have a mortgage don’t you?” he pressed.
“Don’t call me again.” Click.
I looked at the cell phone screen to see what number had called me and as I was looking at it, it immediately changed from the 760 caller ID to 202.664.1270 (weird).
My guess is that someone is using a local number to auto dial numbers (maybe consecutive numbers in a cell phone block) and when it gets an answer, it does some kind of a quick switcheroo and dials some smelly sweatshop scam basement in Thailand or Nigeria or maybe even Pacoima.
I did a search on the number and found conclusive results that this “system” is being used by all kinds of vulgar, rude and scamming type folks. So consider this a heads=up.