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News 6 Investigates: Harassing calls from ‘Burner Phone’ apps

News 6 Investigates: Harassing calls from ‘Burner Phone’ apps


now at eleven a warning about those harassing texts and phone calls we have all received at least one of them but tonight one Central Florida family says they have gotten hundreds yes and nearly every time the mysterious caller uses a completely different phone number as new six investigator Mike DeForest discovered the caller is using mobile apps designed to hide their identity these voicemails may sound legitimate we didn’t put any ad on Craigslist but Cathy Lewis says it’s actually someone harassing her calls were in the middle of the night to three o’clock in the morning they call she has called and left messages as Adam Norman Billy Teresa noises then there are the odd text messages I don’t know what that is poop to scoop each time a completely different phone number shows up on Lewis’s caller ID he’s constantly changing his number constantly there’s so many numbers he’s even placed simultaneous calls both phones were going the house phone and my cell phone and they’re bringing at the same time and it was all these bizarre numbers that I didn’t know when I tried calling the guy back I discovered most of the calls originated from mobile apps that can be used to hide the caller’s real identity this one called text me lets you choose an area code and then one of several numbers known as burner phone apps they do serve a legitimate purpose allowing users to create multiple phone lines while maintaining their privacy but the apps can be used in illegal ways for every number I block he calls back with a different some apps like spoof card let users customize the number that appears on caller ID tricking the recipient into answering the caller ID had my son’s name on it but it wasn’t your son no it was Theresa so the apps websites like text me allow victims to file harassment and abuse complaints which can lead to the caller’s accounts being shut down it’s quite a hassle to change your number I don’t feel I should have to change my number he should stop what he’s doing so who is that mystery man making those harassing phone calls Lewis has a suspicion but she cannot prove it that’s why she’s filed complaints with several of those burner phone app companies as well as with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Mike the forest news six

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