Elderly couple gets threats because of spoofing


CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) –In all of his 85 years, this is a first for Guy Prosper.

“You better not call me anymore. I’m sick and tired of this. Quit wasting my time. Goodbye,” a caller said.

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He and his wife received many messages like this in the last three months. The couple says scammers are spoofing their number and now angry people are calling their number back to respond to the scam.

“We are not responsible for all these calls,” Prosper said.

The couple says some callers have gone so far as to threaten them.

“I feel sorry for them but with them getting so angry, I’m starting to feel a lot sorrier for me than for them,” Prosper said.

He says the constant threats make him and his wife fearful and they’ve taken some precautions.

“Mainly, we contacted the sheriffs department and they’re aware of what’s going on. So, hopefully we bolt our doors and keep all the doors locked, especially at night,” Prosper said.

Prosper says he is worried about others affected by spoofing and hopes no one is impacted by it like he was.

“I worry about other people who don’t have the mental stability and it probably bothers them,” Prosper said.

Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s office advises people to always know who they are talking on the phone with, especially the elderly. If they feel threatened, contact the sheriff’s office.

In an unrelated case, WWAY reported on another spoofing incident where a man’s number was stolen to help scammers steal money, click here for the full story.

To learn more about spoofing and the federal communications committee, click here.