At 12:08 pm EST today I received a robocall purportedly from Card Member Services offering reduced interest rates for lower monthly payments on my credit card debt.
I'd never do business with anyone who placed a robocall. After all, robocalls are illegal according to the Federal Trade Commission: "if the recording is a sales message and you haven't given your written permission to get calls from the company on the other end, the call is illegal," and "in addition to the phone calls being illegal, their pitch most likely is a scam." Indeed, the FTC previously has called out "a scam using illegal robocalls to lie about lowering your credit card interest rate."
And so I pressed the menu option to get a live representative. I asked the douchebag caller if he were aware that law enforcement probably now has the capability to trace calls using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) even if the originating number were spoofed, and he smugly answered that's not so. Oh really? Are you sure? Without missing a beat I retorted was he aware that just last month nine call centers were raided in India and 56 suspected fraudsters were indicted by U.S. prosecutors, and no doubt they also mistakenly thought investigators never would discover them! Apparently I wiped the smug smile off his face, and the apparent scammer abruptly hung up.
Law enforcement always catches up, and ultimately can pierce through the latest technology relied upon by criminals to mask their activities. Hey, there's an awful lot of peds now sitting in prison who once thought their illicit surfing was protected by the TorBrowser on the DarkNet. Even the criminal element has no idea how many secret tools have been broken by law enforcement!
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