Call from the tip line

It seems that the FBI has an 800 number — a toll-free tip line — where you can call in to give them a tip about federal crimes. I only know this because today I got a call from that number.

At first I didn’t know it was the FBI toll-free tip line. But I didn’t recognize the number, so while they were calling me I Googled it rather than pick up.

And that’s when I learned what the number is for. And who was supposedly calling me.

Which leads to the next obvious question: Why would the FBI be calling me from their toll-free tip line, the phone line that we citizens are supposed to use to give tips to them?

The answer is, they wouldn’t. Needless to say, I didn’t pick up.

Whoever it was didn’t leave a message. Which is probably a good thing. But part of me is disappointed, because it might have been interesting to know what they would have said.

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