We’ve all been getting too many spam, scam and telemarketing calls. Many times these illegal robocalls spoof Caller ID, making it appear that they are calling from your local area, or even from your own number. Fortunately help is on the way.
AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all have anti-spoofing features which you can use for free:
Read more about phone spam and STIR/SHAKEN in this article at Consumer Reports.
Meanwhile, don’t disclose personal information to a caller, no matter who they say they are or what number they call from. Also, anytime a caller suggests you pay with a gift card, it is almost certainly a scam. There is no legitimate reason to do that.