Scambaiting Indian Tech Support and IRS scammers is a valiant effort. The threat of these scammers is minimal compared to the other scammers that most Americans are dealing with these days. Most Indian Tech Support and IRS scammers call land lines infrequently or post numbers on pop-ups that can be easily avoided. The scale of these operations are massive and international, thus combating them seems increasingly futile.
Unsolicited robocalls / live person calls to American cell phones have exploded in recent months. Use of spoofed numbers is extremely common. To determine the call back number quickly, ask for the website. That's where you will find it posted.
The BBB is corrupt. They make money tracking scams. They make money protecting scammers. They assist by publishing news to "educate consumers" to weed out the smart ones. Advance fee business lenders are often BBB accredited. The link to other scammers and lead generators is documented. Set up a fake email account and give it to scammers. See what promotions roll in.
There are several major league scambaiters who refuse to call American scammers due to unfamiliarity, refusal to acknowledge scammers beyond tech/IRS exist, refusal to acknowledge that Americans can be scammers, because the scammer has taken great steps to ensure they appear legit, or because they refuse to belief that legit companies are not capable of illegal business practices.
I suggest review of FTC rules for scambaiters who are unfamiliar with them.
Telemarketers must transmit their telephone number and, if possible, their name, to your caller ID service. This protects your privacy, increases accountability on the telemarketer’s part and helps in law enforcement efforts. -ftc.gov
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers without prior consent. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers' cell phones without their consent. - ftc.gov
What time is it? The law allows telemarketers to call only between 8 am and 9 pm. A seller calling earlier or later is ignoring the law. - ftc.gov
Often, scammers who operate by phone don’t want to give you time to think about their pitch; they just want you to say "yes." But some are so cunning that, even if you ask for more information, they seem happy to comply. They may direct you to a website or otherwise send information featuring “satisfied customers.” These customers, known as shills, are likely as fake as their praise for the company. -ftc.gov
This vacation scammer admitted to violating FTC regulations and moderators complied with the removal request.
The Florida AG , FTC, and telecom carriers do not appear to be taking any action on these calls. The only time they get attention is when local victims report scams to the police.
I ask scambaiters to assist in exposing such scammers and the way that they operate and confirm that their business practices are illegal.