Caller Id SpoofingPosted by Admin on September 1, 2018
Caller Id on your telephone is one of our most popular defenses against being assailed by unknown persons over the phone. Caller ID is designed to let you see who is calling you. It will give the Phone Number and often the name of the person or organization calling. With this information in hand, you may choose to answer a call from a recognized number, let the call go to Voice Mail and listen to it later, or simply Reject the call and go on with your day.
Regrettably, hackers have found ways to override the legitimate data reporting the phone's ID and instead interject fake names and false numbers in an attempt to mislead you about the true source of the call. Often Caller ID spoofers will use the name of a trusted institution like a bank, hospital, or even the police to try and offset suspicion. They know that people are increasingly learning to protect their personal information so they try to allay this fear with legitimate sounding names.
A bank name may be used to convince you there is a problem with your checking account and that immediate action is needed to prevent the loss of your money. Within the frantic conversation they will ask for your account number to access it and stop the theft. If you are hurried into revealing that information then you truly will have a problem and a quickly drained bank account.
These Caller ID scammers will sometimes try to make it look like they are a local Court Clerk office that is looking to fill up their jury duty roster. I would seem normal that they ask for your Social Security Number to validate your ID. Once you do, it may shortly become their ID with you footing the bills.
This particular set of phone scams can be hard to identify if you are not watchful. There are a few tell-tale signs to look out for though. If the scammer tries to validate himself by referencing the Caller ID name, then you can be assured it is a scam as a legitimate representative would not likely even think about what information is being sent to people's phones.
One method of exposing a scam is to politely take their information about who they are calling for and then just look up the official phone number online, on a previous billing statement, or in a paper and ink directory and just call back to see if it was really them contacting you. Rarely will you find there was anything wrong except a criminal was trying to victimize you.
Just because your Caller ID gives you a name, be aware that it might be spoofed information and make sure of who you talk to before giving out your personal data.