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Caller ID Number Spoofing

How the scam works:

(with explanatory video below) “Number Spoofing” is a new way for scammers to get your personal information. They make their caller ID on a landline phone appear to be that of an official organization: a bank, a police officer, or another trusted organization. They will ask for passwords, PIN numbers, credit card numbers, and other information under the guise of confirming information for your health/car insurance, bank account, email, or great new opportunities for real estate investments.

On the other hand, the name on the Caller ID could be yours as well, while scammers can use if for telemarketing purposes when calling others.

The scam is not only limited to just tricking individuals: emails and phone numbers of large businesses are also susceptible to being scammed like this. There have been cases of fraudsters impersonating high-ranking employees asking their own real accountants to transfer some of the company’s funds into the criminal’s account! What if you would be responsible for these funds and your name would show up as the caller? 

Watch the video below to see in action the Caller ID Spoofing Scam exposed in the news, along with tips on what to do if it's too late.

Caller ID Spoofing Scam In The News Video

How to avoid:

If they’re calling you on a phone, fraudsters will often direct your attention to their spoofed caller ID as proof of their authenticity. If this is their only proof, they are probably trying to scam you. In general, don’t give out any personal information until you are absolutely certain it is safe.

How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the link below:

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