A recent Reply All podcast delved into an obscure scam.
In short, someone is making hundreds of thousands of calls to 800 numbers. The calls are just recordings of random sound effects that sounds like a butt-dial, and spoof a random origin number. The investigators figure that this person is in cahoots with a phone company that is hosting the origination of the calls and collecting the charges for the calls. Calling an 800 number doesn’t cost the caller anything, but somehow money moves around between phone companies every time there is a call.
I do not understand the details of how inter-company billing works for 800 numbers. Is the 800-number holder paying a fee each time they get this type of call? Or is it phone companies that carry the call?
The scammers are making millions of dollars on this. FBI investigators have a profile of the scammer and figure it’s just a matter of time before they find “them.”