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Deceptive Technology

By Staff | Feb 2, 2011

Why does the technology exist, let alone be readily available, to make a phone call posing as a different telephone number?

This is exactly the method being used by some pranksters, or perhaps better termed scam artists, who are using the New Martinsville Police Department’s phone number to ask residents to come to the station and make a statement.

It is deceptive, it is wrong, and we hope the local department will be able to put a stop to the ruse.

While an arrest for the local problem would be great, we’d be even happier of this capability were stopped altogether. It’s easy to find the means to make such a call. We were able to quickly find a Web site that offered such a service. While we guess providing the service probably isn’t against the law, we think it’s simply wrong and wish it could be stopped everywhere.