Quote: Originally Posted by chenchen
By the way, I read similar complaints posted at Report Phone Number to CallerCenter.com
that included the actual phone numbers the scammers used. There were several phne numbers, located in different states. Can the authorities go after them? Surely, they can track owners through phone numbers.
Often, the number you see on Caller ID has been spoofed. Many of these callers (I have better words to describe them but Mama told me not to use them) are offshore and out of our jurisdiction, such as the infamous "Rachel" from Card Services ("she" uses spoofed phone numbers). The Federal agencies that are supposed to enforce the DNC act and go after scammers are horribly understaffed so only go after the really large offenders. The spammers know this and only identify themselves as the client they are calling for. That way, the number complaints against them is spread out over hundreds of phone numbers and each phone number and "company" has a small enough number of complaints to stay under the Fed's radar.
States have had better luck at finding and shutting down spam centers located within their own States and are stupid enough to rack up complaints within the State they are located. Even AZ, which is notorious for lousy law enforcement, has been successful at shutting down a few. Sadly, whenever one gets shut down, one or two more spring up and learn from the mistakes the previous ones made.
I worked a legitimate boiler room for a while several years ago, long before DNC and long before sales calls had become so prevalent, but refused to make cold calls; I would only call established customers. Now, if I were meet someone who works for a boiler room, I would have to walk away, fast, to avoid going to jail.