There are a number of techniques scammers use to get people to pick up the phone, but the most popular method is known as “Neighborhood Spoofing,” which happens when a scammer disguises their phone number and displays it as a local number on a user’s caller ID. For example, a scammer may spoof their phone number to match the area code and 3-digit prefix of the person they are targeting and ultimately increase the likelihood of someone answering.
I love it when scammers use neighborhood spoofing. My phone has a New York area code because that’s where I lived when I got my first smartphone. I don’t know anybody there any longer because this was over a decade ago. So when I get these calls, I immediately know it’s a scam.