Drummond, 64 and a member of the
"When I went to answer the phone, my telephone ID showed up," he said. "I thought it was a malfunction."
When he answered, a female voice asked him if he was interested in getting a better interest rate on his credit card. He pressed the required button and waited for someone to give him more information.
The man who picked up the phone sounded foreign, according to Drummond. He said the caller told him they were contacting him because they knew he carried a balance of more than
When Drummond asked the caller what organization he was with, the caller told him the Credit Card Call Center. By then, Drummond said he'd assessed the offer to be a scam.
When Drummond said he wasn't interested, the caller uttered a series of expletives at him.
According to the
A separate article on the commission's website explains "caller ID spoofing" and how it is used in scams. The practice falsifies the caller's information, allowing the person to disguise their information, according to the commission.
The commission indicates that spoofing can be used when scammers or identity thieves are seeking to obtain personal or financial information such as
Robertson can be reached at 757-345-2342.
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