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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.

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I was getting calls on my cell phone starting out as (+1)-229 and a number my area code is 229 but when I answer thinking it was a co-worker because I am a nurse it’s a recording or a telemarketer. I got a call today from +1-229-921-1434 and it’s a recording saying that they have limited calls and cannot accept my call. I keep getting calls to lower my mortgage, add home security system, calls saying I won a vacation and I do not enter for any promotions, calls to lower my student loans, calls saying my computer has been detected to have a virus and I need to purchase their virus protection. All calls with the (+1) I learned are not to answer. I work night shift and have to sleep in the day & my cell rings off the hook but I have to watch it if it’s my mom, brothers, or my 3sons calling me. My family doesn’t call unless it’s early in the morning right after I get off work but I have to keep my cell on if any of my family has an emergency. So I get interrupted sleep daily. When I get the (+1) calls I call back & the calls can’t go through so now I block them on my iPhone. It’s aweful all the robo calls. Many of the calls that I do not know who it is if it is not a recording but a person it has been people with a foreign accent with very poor English. Everyone is right about how these people are able to link into other numbers to make you think that you are answering a local number when it is being generated from another source. Just be cautious of any information given over the phone. I tell my mom never give her information over the phone unless it is a company she is calling specifically to review a billing issue or making a payment over the phone for a bill she does have.

this number 262-889-0828 keeps calling me leaves no name or message, I tried calling it back and it comes back as the number of a closed Police Department in the Kenosha Wisconsin area. I don't answer number that I don't know and neither should any one else. It has to be some kind of Scam! Be smart and don't anser these kinds of calls for your sake and others!

4/16/19 I got a call from a scammer using name Damian Bryant phone 205 331 6412 . I have got so many calls about health insurance it is not funny ! Scammers needs to stop stealing other people name hurting them . NO one answer we do not know . Scammer will not like message on my answer machine when he or she calls again .

I'm not sure if previous messages were sent from this email or another but disregard previous sent messages sorry for the trouble

Today I received a another scammer s call from phone number 716 280 2337 saying that they are from social security and IRS and they are charging me for fraudulent activity and if I don't return their call that they are going to be filled legal action against me and have me arrested I know this is a scammer calling me

Here is another scammer number 1-628-210-4475

Here are two other numbers who say they are filing a case against your relative, with no information on what it's about. First they called my son and wanted his social security number, she was very rude and he ended the conversation. Then they called me with the same jargon threatening they will come to our place of residence and employment. The first number is 281-786-0361 and the number that called him is 855-217-6873

I am Looking for a house to rent and some guy text my number claiming to have a house (which he didn’t ) asked me to send money I said No and he then told me to go somewhere to die lol. 1-512-305-1043 is the number

Does anyone recognised phone 02554 721671 - called my uk number - says from Amazon

They called my number @ 10:34 a.m. I didn't answer it I'm on the do not call registry they keep breaking the rules I have had different numbers calling me it's getting very annoying 910-387-9903 called my number from rockingham n.c. They're violating the law it's time to end the calls from different numbers they're trying to get your personal information from you like bank account number debit card number social security number Medicare number to anyone beware of these so called phone calls there are a lot of scams going around

Unfortunately you need great capacity and training to work in the system American and the system internet because we are facining a system full of fraud

How are these scammers able to use different phone numbers and area codes ? The phone companies must have some way to prevent scammers from being able to use this method.I would hate to think that Verizon and others collude with scammers in order to sell call blockers.

516-269-6010 and 917-710-5411 are scam calls. they are trying to steal your identity and money. just block their numbers. even if you tell them to stop calling you they will keep calling. hang up right away and don't stress yourself out.

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