TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Robocalls are a common occurrence across the United States.
“I really don’t like those phone calls at all,” says Elizaveta Nikolieva. “I try to avoid them as much as I can.”
Elizaveta does the right thing by not answering these calls, which can be about anything from fake car warranties to fake IRS calls. However, not everyone knows to ignore these.
Scammers on the other end of the line generate fake phone numbers to make it seem like they’re calling from somewhere nearby – this is called spoofing. In reality they’re likely calling from thousands of miles away.
To some people, this may seem like just a normal person to talk to. For those most isolated due to the pandemic, this is a problem.
“We’re finding that our seniors are terribly lonely,” says Shawna Wasko, spokesperson for the College of Southern Idaho Dept. of Aging. “When they’re this lonely they tend to answer the phone….