Sherry Wright received a phone call last month that her caller ID said was from a nearby hospital. She picked up the phone, bracing for the worst.Read the full story, including the contents of some of these calls and a discussion of whether this practice is legal, at the Post-Dispatch.
"First thing that came to my mind was that something happened to a family member," said Wright, of tiny Turney, Mo., in the northwest corner of the state. "I was thinking car accident."
The call was about a family member, but nobody had been hurt -- the voice on the other end was a recording attacking Wright's mother-in-law, Judy Wright, a candidate for the state Legislature.
Just before the Nov. 2 election, hundreds of Missouri voters received similar automated calls targeting Democrats running for the statehouse. ...
But those calls actually came from a political consulting firm in St. Charles, which was apparently able to manipulate caller ID devices to make it seem as if the calls were coming from emergency officials. ...
Candidates in Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Florida have complained about allegations of similar caller ID chicanery.
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