By Robb Hicken/ chief storyteller
Phone calls from 718-732-1022 are creeping out Boise residents and making them think there is a huge residential burglary problem.
The call starts with a recorded introduction claiming the FBI says “your area” is experiencing a high volume of crime.
BBB has received several complaints from elderly individuals about the solicitations. Calls to the 718-number by BBB ended with a busy signal or all circuits busy signal. An online searched indicated the number belongs to a telephone-marketing firm in New York.
Betty Chatham, of Boise, called BBB and says, “It was beyond coincidental because Marie interrupted our conversation about this call I had received from the FBI, to answer a phone call.”
When the two reconnected after the interruption, Betty was surprised to hear that her friend Marie had just answered the same exact telemarketing call.
“They said if I let them put a sign in my yard, they’d install a home security system in the house,” she says. “I simply hung up on them.”
Another complaint states they’d been called three times in one day, and again this morning.
If you don’t recognize the phone number, don’t answer. Caller ID allows more security than in the past. If you can’t identify the caller, let your answering machine pick it up.
Here are helpful tips:
- Protect phone numbers. Avoid posting numbers online or sharing in surveys, forms and applications, unless it is with a trusted organization.
- If concerned, consider blocking your numbers before calling.
- Do not engage telemarketers; instead, screen unknown calls.
- Do not answer numbers you do not recognize.
- Phone numbers can be added to the National Do Not Call Registry. Violators can also be reported to this resource.
- Home and cellphone numbers can be registered; businesses cannot.
Get on the Do Not Call Registry at 888-382-1222.