If you have left any footprint on the World Wide Web, you have experienced unwanted emails and phone calls. The spammers are really worried that I have allowed my automobile warranty to elapse. In is interesting that each time they call me, they have spoofed a new phone number in my area code. Spoofing is when the spammer is calling, say from a foreign country, and the caller ID is showing that it is a local call. I block each number as they call, but spoofing gives them assess to an unlimited number of phone numbers.
I once got a call from someone who claimed that I had just called the. I had to explain to the guy that spoofing provides spammers any number of phone numbers and my phone number just came up on their list. He was smart enough to recognize the truth of the matter. That is why it is fruitless to attempt to return a spammer’s call. Just let it go. If the call is important, the caller will leave a voicemail message. Many people who refuse to leave voicemail messages are faced with a similar crowd that blocks any number that doesn’t leave a message. If you cannot get through to your friends, you might be blocked.
Those of us who have websites should know that our domain registration is available to the public, unless you pay the extra fee to make the registration private. Many of the spamming attempts that I have received is a result of my domain registration. As such, the spammer knows my name, my phone number, and the name of my domain host. It is not uncommon that I receive emails telling me that I must click on a link to preserve my domain password. The nice thing about emails is that spammers have no concept of visual arts; all spamming emails look like they were created by five-year-olds. However, lately, I’ve received phone calls from a person claiming to be from my domain host. The idea is to try to convince me to upgrade my subscription or to add new services. This has a higher chance of being successful because, as I mentioned above, they have my name, my phone number, and the name of my domain host. My little brother like to talk up a storm with spammers, just to waste their time as they have wasted his; but, I am not on an unlimited cellphone plan and simply say, “If you have any expectations that at the end of this phone call that I am going to give you my credit card number, you are wasting your time.” That statement is a call killer. I had one caller get upset with me for wasting his time by saying anything. He said that he is just used to people hanging up on him, anything beyond that is a waste of his time. Poor guy! Also be on the alert for people claiming to be website developers. Keep in mind that we didn’t create our websites to allow someone else to take over them.
Almost every animal shelter has a website. If you are a nongovernment shelter, you probably have created your own website. Be on the alert for spammers who will attempt to use your domain registration information to fool you into giving them more information, like a credit card number.