What is Caller ID Spoofing?

Traditionally, one of the best ways to avoid phone scams has been to not answer calls from numbers that you do not recognize. However, scammers have started to find a sneaky way around this, spoofing Caller ID.

With Caller ID spoofing, they are able to make it appear as if their calls are coming from a local phone number. They try to hide behind an actual phone number, in order to increase their chances that someone will pick up the phone.

Caller ID spoofing providers let individuals pick what phone number they want to appear when they’re placing calls. They use a program to enter their phone number, the number that they’re calling, and the number they want to appear on Caller ID.

The scammers are trying to get you to reveal personal information such as credit card numbers, account numbers, passwords, and Social Security numbers. To avoid becoming a victim, take the following precautions:

  • NEVER give out personal information over the phone, such as account numbers, unless you initiate the call.
  • If you receive a call requesting information, ask for the name of the organization that is calling. Then, call that organization, using the phone number on your bill or statement – NOT the number on your Caller ID.

Go to https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/scammers-can-fake-caller-id-info to learn more about the Caller ID spoofing scam.