A pesky robocall is trolling for phone numbers in Wisconsin. Maybe you’ve gotten a call from “Rachel with card holder services.” Randall Hoth with the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau says they’ve been getting a lot of questions, including some from people who don’t even have a credit card. “We know it’s just a random, robotic call, to try to establish that this phone number is a real, active phone number.” Hoth says those numbers can be compiled into lists that can then in turn be sold to telemarketers.
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The calls can be persistent and annoying – many complainants report getting them several times a week, and both residential, business and cell phone customers are being targeted. Also, the robocalls use “spoofing” technology so that the calls appear to be coming from inside Wisconsin. The BBB recommends contacting the Federal Trade Commission if you receive such calls. Also, if you’re getting them on your cell phone, your provider may be able to block them.