Caller ID isn’t always what it appears, and increasingly, criminal telemarketers are taking advantage of that. Aggressive phone sales operators have pretended to be the IRS, and they’ve pretended to be charities, but apparently they’ve developed a new tactic recently — impersonating teachers, calling parents at home during the school day.
A flurry of calls starting last week arrived at consumers’ homes with “Teachers Phone” shown in the Caller ID displays. But those who answer don’t hear about a sick or misbehaving child, recipients say.
“It was a prerecorded message from ‘credit card services,’” wrote one victim on a telemarketing calls complaints page.
How devious. The timing and details compel parents to pick up the phone. I would be FURIOUS. And I would report this to your state’s Attorney General office to do complain about this scam. Caller ID spoofing is on the rise.