USA TODAY: Robocaller bait: Your old, recycled phone numbers

From USA TODAY

Robocaller bait: Your old, recycled phone numbers

http://usat.ly/2pPdJMn

Thousands of telephone lines sit o­­­n a Federal Trade Commission “honeypot” computer, answering and trapping incoming calls, and capturing caller IDs and voice recordings.Many of the telephone numbers used in this technological trap were abandoned by consumers because they were flooded by illegal telemarketing calls.But, to the FTC, the unwanted numbers are just the bait needed to lure in the scammers.The trap for robocallers — autodialed marketing calls sometimes set up just to steal money — feeds an ever-growing database and is one of the FTC’s technological weapons against the millions and millions of unwanted calls made to landlines and cellphones every month.

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