I live in a small town, so when I see a number pop up on my caller ID that is from my area code and has our local prefix, I'm much more likely to answer it. In fact, a neighbor just told me at church this morning that just this week he received one of these calls from "me." Or at least showed to be my number on his caller ID.
So just a word to the wise on something else to watch out for, if you weren't already aware of it.
This year has seen a spike in the practice dubbed “neighbor spoofing” — scammers and telemarketers using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software to mimic your area code and three-number prefix to make it appear as if an incoming call is originating from near your own location. The idea, security experts say, is that you’re more likely to answer an unfamiliar number if it looks close to yours — thinking it could be coming from your doctor’s office, or your child or grandchild’s school.