I answered one last week, though, just because I was bored. The gentleman was calling me with an invitation to a *job interview* at the Pentagon!
But last month, my bus was late so I called the unknown number back just for giggles ... an elderly woman answered and proceeded to cuss me out for calling her from my 'blankity blank' Pakistan call center and trying to scam *her*. This lady had called me because she was calling *me* back to bitch about my scam call to her.
We're friends now ... on Facebook.
I've now started calling these numbers back, too, since I've learned more about this "spoofing" thing. I'm working on a routine just in case I get lucky and I get a spammer in a call center one of these days.
15 minutes ago, I called a number from a call I missed about 5 minutes earlier. They answered:
"Hello, Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, can I help you?!"
Gaaahhh!!! Yep. Nope, they hadn't called me, the lady on the other end of the phone (that's a dated expression, right?) told me that someone has been making 'scam calls' with their number and she was very sorry and nice and apologetic. I thought about becoming Facebook buddies with a prosthetics clinic, but that's kinda creepy, right? So we politely finished our chat and I thought I'd tell you about it.
FCC's advice (and mine):
If you don't know the number, don't answer ... unless it's for a job interview.