Weekly Flush: How Caller ID Spoofers Can Ruin Your Local Reputation

In this week's septic-related news, a pumping company out of Iowa has its reputation dragged through the mud by telemarketers; and human waste is falling from the sky in Canada, and no one knows why

Weekly Flush: How Caller ID Spoofers Can Ruin Your Local Reputation

A local pumping business in La Porte City, Iowa, is having its reputation dragged through the mud thanks to a robocall spoofing scam.

Telemarketers were making hundreds of robocalls to sell extended car warranties, but they were falsifying the caller ID information to make it look like it had come from a local business, in this case, A1 Septic & Pumping Services.

The owners of the company in return got 1,200 calls from people returning missed calls that A1 Septic & Pumping Services never made. A lot of those people were angry.

“We’re just a small-town business, and the publicity we’re getting right now is so negative,” A1 Septic & Pumping Services employee Courtney Foulk tells Cedar Valley Business Monthly. “It’s hurting our business.”

Human waste is falling from the sky in Canada, and there’s no official reason yet for why it’s happening.

It started when a mother and son say they were covered in “liquid poo falling from the sky” in Kelowna, British Columbia. Since then, Transport Canada says it has received 18 reports of people or their vehicles being pelted with waste coming from above.

Interestingly, the Canadian government looked into the matter and says it’s not aviation-related. We’ll have to keep an eye on this story.

A Reddit user wrote a story last week about how he bought a newly flipped house, only to discover three months after moving in that the waste drain wasn’t attached to the city sewer.

How did he figure it out, you might ask? By inadvertently army-crawling through liquid waste in the crawl space of the home. As he tells it, he was under the house inspecting things while his wife was using the bathroom.

“Then I hear it,” the user writes. “A toilet flush. It didn’t hit me until it hit me — the better part of a flush splattered across my back unleashing a subhuman scream of disgust and outrage.”

He also posted this video of the problem under the house, and you can hear and see the water pouring into the crawl space. The homeowner says the problem cost $3,000 to fix. 


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