Scammers can fake caller ID info

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Your phone rings. You recognize the number, but when you pick up, it’s someone else. What’s the deal?

Scammers are using fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they are someone local, someone you trust – like a government agency or police department, or a company you do business with – like your bank or cable provider. The practice is called caller ID spoofing, and scammers don’t care whose phone number they use. One scammer recently used the phone number of an FTC employee.

Don’t rely on caller ID to verify who’s calling. It can be nearly impossible to tell whether the caller ID information is real. Here are a few tips for handling these calls:

  • If you get a strange call from the government, hang up. If you want to check it out, visit the official (.gov) website for contact information. Government employees won’t call out of the blue to demand money or account information.
  • Don’t give out — or confirm — your personal or financial information to someone who calls.
  • Don’t wire money or send money using a reloadable card. In fact, never pay someone who calls out of the blue, even if the name or number on the caller ID looks legit.
  • Feeling pressured to act immediately? Hang up. That’s a sure sign of a scam.

Want more tips for avoiding scams? Check out 10 Ways to Avoid Fraud.

If you’ve received a call from a scammer, with or without fake caller ID information, report it to the FTC and the FCC.

Comments

Now this number claims to be from Con Ed. He claims he is the "manager" and my 84 yr. old mother owes money. He had her so upset she was sick over this. Called ConEd. They were as helpful as they could be but it's a scammer and they can only note the incident.

(646) 434-7113
Robo caller Claiming to be with the IRS. Requesting for me to call back their number. Within 24 hours or police will come to my home and arrest me.

Ive had calls on both my cell phone and land line from people who complain that they are getting 3-4 calls a day from my phone number and to stop. Not Me making those calls. Ill have to stop answering phone because Ive been shopped.

You can add 8185847612 they told me I was going to be arrested if I didn't call them back irs

209-639-8044 called with different numbers and not leave any messages but change to this number, left voices message to threaten me using police academy stuffs. I don't know this person or have any contact. Crazy, please help!

I latest fraud number I got is 15709873342

I just got a call from 801-616-2253. I called back and it was 911. What the hell?!?! I had to explain I was calling back a number and had no emergency.

781-694-9000 constantly calls at least three times a day, every single day. Leaving voice messages with people talking in the background, then the line goes dead. Then a few hours later they call again saying to contact them with a code they leave in a message and to hold on for a agent.

I just received a scam call and the caller "Gail Burns" added her name to my contact list. Is that even possible?

whose number is 1-727-325-6767

I’ve gotten several calls like this : this is Mary from the John Doe electric company . There is a problem with your statement , please call us back st this number xxxx.”
I called the number to tell them I don’t have John Doe
Electric and I get “this number is not on service.” So now what do I do ?

1-281-204-0500 has called me 9 times since 10 AM today. Claims to be Apple Support with caller ID "Apple Inc".

IRS scam 206-928-6449

Scammers are using our local phone exchanges to scam us getting credit card information and steal our identities. Get them before a court, investigate them, fine them and prosecute them - JAIL TIME!!

832-558-8931 -DEBT COLLECTOR, Says the name of the company is ADR, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Stated that if I was whom they were looking for asked if my DOB was......., when I would not answer and asked for the name of the Business and address they hung up on me. Very secretive and sneaky. After calling back several times I finally realized that they were a Debt Collector with a whole new or new to me anyways, line of BS. Stated that someone has filed a complaint against me, they were very careful not to say lawsuit, they say Complaint and that I was going to receive a summons stating whom, when etc.... They try to get you to agree to pay.

Have been getting several calls to my mobile number from "Unknown Caller" (no phone numbers). Is there a way to block them? Thanks in advance.

add 202 754 -8667

add 202 754 -8667

+19015631251is the fake number please don't believe.

I'm wondering why people call back to ask why they got a call from a strange number, in this case mine. Today I received about 10 calls from every day people asking why I called. I hadn't called them but because their caller ID showed my number they took the time to call me to ask why. Do they think they have won the PCH sweepstakes? If I don't recognize the number I damn sure won't answer it. Somehow my number is being used to call people and I had one lady tell me she called the police on me. How funny is that. She is in Maine and I am in Arizona. What a hassle. Now after having this number for 15 plus years I might have to get a new one.

can a scammer fake caller-id as an international number?

I just got a call from by boss (missed call). He was sitting next to me. We checked his phone, no record of dialing. His number and name showed up out of my contacts list. I am starting this investigation now.

We pay for caller ID it does not ID the caller that is fraud.
The service provider is allowing this to happen that is collusion.

FTC
Maybe the collusion runs deeper?

Be aware of the number 202 852 0995. This morning received an IRS scam call from this number. They will tell you that the IRS has audited the last 5 years of your taxes and determined that you have intentionally miscalculated your taxes owed. DO NOT BELIEVE A WORD THEY SAY ABOUT THE ACTIONS THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE. The IRS cannot seize your assets without due process of the law. Additionally, the IRS will not request payment without first issuing a written statement.

I just received a call 8 times for. 913-417-2250. I am at work and can not answer. Then I receive a call from my mom, again working so I didn't answer. Less than a minute later, I receive a call from my sister. This time I answer because I have gone to break. It's thesaurus man who has been calling me. No name given just"so now you answer I will be at your house in 10 min and you better have your I. D. ready " the he hung up. It's scary because I called KY mom to see if she needed something (my dad passed away 2 weeks ago today) and she told me she didn't call.

add these numbers 7205138296 719-283-9906 303-3510382, 203-4098737, 720571-4015,

i keep getting calls from my own exchange number on my cell they are saying they are with sr services or reduce my credit but when you call the number back its someone that has no idea whats going on or who you are. My husband is on the other end of things getting nasty calls from women saying quit calling me he isn't! and getting nasty threats and text messages what can we do?

I received a spoof call twice today. I answered, not knowing why the call was from my own number. I thought I accidentally called myself. However it was a robo call stating my MICROSOFT IP address is being used by other countries and needed to be changed. YEAH RIGHT!!! Although I hung up, I laughed. They called the wrong number TODAY!!

I GOT A CALL 248 AM, THEN 408AM 2WEEKS AGO ON A SATURDAY 229 310 8315. I DIDN'T ANSWER U GOOGLE ALL CALLS THAT I DON'T KNOW. THEN I PUT THEM ON BLOCK. THE GUY SAY YOU SLEEP I NEED TO TALK WITH YOU I TURN RINGER, OFF B4 I GO TO BED. THAT SAD SCAMMER CALLING ME THAT LATE, I KNOW WHY BECAUSE THEY CALL ME 7 TO 10 TIMES A DAY I DON'T ANSWER SO THEY MAD. THEY FIGURE CALL ME WHEN I AM SLEEP. I STILL DID NOT ANSWER.

I got a few texts from someone who got called by my number. They wanted to know who I was and why I called. I tried to be nice but they got downright hateful and threatening. I never even called.... anybody. It should be stopped before someone gets hurt.

Caller pretends to be grandson who’d been in terrible accident. After questions, hung up. Number: 23-040-7006

SCAM saying they are Oscar Insurance 323 284 5642 saying they want you to talk to a doctor for a $25 dollar amazon gift card.

BEWARE: 415-852-4016 is a FAKE scammer number that attempts to victimize you into giving away your tax ID number!!!! Spoof calls from this number were RAMPANT to both lines!

Just received a bot call from (202)852-3973 looking for a call back to the same number saying my social security number has been revoked because it is suspected of identity theft.

Beware of "canadian bus. phone book ' total scam !
888 234 7631 , fake address and fake phone #

Strange i Just got called and offered loan forgiveness, I told the scammer who sounded like she was from the us, that I didn’t have any loans, she immediately hung up on me..I called the number back and some kid answered with no idea someone was hitching a ride on his phone number, there needs to be a fix for this

Great tips but unfortunately these scammers are preying on people with dementia and Alzheimer who live at home with family or friends. How can we protect the elderly who don't understand what is happening? It should be illegal to change the caller id to a number that is not one you pay for and definitely not to one that is a government agency!

spoofer called today 513 834-6197

Here's a tip: Don't answer the phone. Pick up/call right back when someone you know leaves a message/vm. Done.

Add this number also. 845-444-8774 IF YOU CALL IT BACK AFTER THEY THREATEN YOUITS SAYS THEY CANT RECIEVE MESSAGES UM HELLO IF I OWE YOU SOMETHING DONT YOU WANT TO SPEAK WITH ME?

Easy to solve. .. normally they claim they are from some organization, country or place.
Just go online and start to make question such as: what time is there?
What the name of your state governor ?
Who is the president, chairman of your company. ...?
They go away instantly.

keep receiving calls from phone numbers from my area code.
when you call back , the number is not valid

You guys, posting all these phone numbers is completely missing the point. Scammers can use anyone's number they choose. You're just posting average innocent people's numbers and reporting them for no reason (those people didn't actually call you, the scammer spoofing their number did). I've found my own number reported, have never called anyone I don't know. So please think before you report a number, the person who actually owns that number more than likely did nothing wrong.

Scam numbers for craigslist: 786-265-8979, 458-216-0375, 424-284-6248

I got a scam call from my own phone number!!!

When will it end?! I am now getting 10 -15 calls a day from my area code and others. Yesterday I started getting calls from my area code but only 9 digits total, had several of those so you can't google them. Today I got a call that said RAJAT. Now I don't know any RAJAT and at this point I don't want too! Of course all of these calls I put a block on but it does no good when they just go to another number. My realtor today told me they get all these calls as well but have to answer them! Total waste of time!

IRS Scam - received a call from 503-468-3932, the message stated this is a final notice from the IRS the nature of the call is to inform you that they have received legal petition notice of tax fraud against you and before this matter goes to the federal claims courthouse or before you get arrested give them a call back at 503-468-3932. Call as soon as possible, I call back and informed had contacted my local police department and IRS office then the person hang up and didn't provide me any information on who they where trying to contact me do that these is a generated machine call that did not have my name, be careful.

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