Just got this vm: "Good morning. This is [name]. I'm with the federal government at [number]. Thank you. And have a great day. Bye now."

Yeah I think I'll be hiding my caller id when I call you back dude. Nothing smells right about this, but it could also be a squirrelly wber.
LOL it was a squirrelly security officer. So I was close.
The call literally went like this:

Him: Hello this is [name].
Me: Hi, you called me earlier but you left a cryptic message. What agency are you with please?
Him: Who am I speaking to?
Me: Sorry, I'm not going to confirm who you successfully reached until I know who you are.
This went on for a few rounds before he finally gave me enough information to deduce who he was calling from.

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