Ask a reporter: Spectrum makes automatic calls using other people’s phone numbers

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“On our support site at Spectrum.net, we provide extensive information on how customers can avoid scams and spoofed calls, and how to use Spectrum Voice features to reduce unwanted calls. This is how Spectrum describes scamming on its website: “Caller ID Spoofing is when a caller deliberately fabricates info sent to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used to trick someone into giving away valuable personal details so they can be used in fraudulent activity, or sold illegally.”Toyota names key managers for Triad electric vehicle battery plant.

Why is Spectrum permitted to make robocalls using other people’s phone numbers? In addition to others that included a person’s name, one I received also included the phone number of an eye clinic. Someone would surely “call” them on it, in my opinion. No, Spectrum isn’t contacting you. Scammers using fake phone numbers are making those calls. Scott Pryzwansky, Spectrum’s senior director for communications in the Carolinas, said that calls from scammers posing as a variety of service providers were all-too-common.

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  • “First, we recommend that you don’t answer any calls from unknown numbers, but if you do, explain that your phone number is being spoofed and that you didn’t actually make any calls. You can also record a message on your voicemail letting callers know that your number is being spoofed. Scammers switch numbers frequently. Within hours, it’s likely they’ll no longer be using your number.” Q: I have a lot of greeting cards that I want to give away. It seems like a waste to put them in the recycling, but I’m not sure what else to do with them. Is there a group or organization that will take greeting cards?

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