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.


i've been receiving as well and often for quite some time. I finally replied that I knew they were scammers and discontinue calling me. I was met with "you can not find me, I will call you everyday as many times as I want and there is nothing you can do". Seriously? Hate to admit, but it's getting scary.

If you’re getting repeated calls from the same number, your phone company may be able to block that number, but first ask whether there’s a fee for this service.

If you’re getting unwanted calls from a lot of different numbers, look into a call blocking solution. There are online call blocking services, call blocking boxes, and smartphone apps that block unwanted calls. Do an online search to look for reviews from experts and other users, and find out whether the service costs money.

Add 919-336-0009. They call under the name FBI, Cory, and UPS but with the same number. They harass my 82 year old alzheimers grandmother daily, who lives with us. She gets so so upset because she thinks she owes them money. We use time warner cable and im hoping we can block them? I dont want to have to change the phone number because she has lost phone numbers of old friends but they have hers. Any suggestions on how to get them to stop calling. Btw its a landline. I have called this number back only to get a busy signal. They call her and ask her to give them money for she has legal papers filed against you! She owes nothing but this upsets her all day and conpels her to want to pay them because she forgets what i told her about her not owing them and they are scammers. I am so angry feel helpless.

Some people use an answering machine to screen calls. That way you don't have to answer every call. If a person starts talking to leave a message, you can choose whether or not to answer.

If the calls are coming from one particular number, you could contact your phone company and ask to block that number. Ask if there's a fee for the service. 

If you get unwanted calls from many different numbers, look into a call blocking solution. There are online call blocking services, call blocking boxes, and smartphone apps that block unwanted calls. Research whether the service costs money and whether it’s effective. You can look online for reviews from experts and other users.

347-584-8854 and 213-141-5163 add to list IRS scammers

A week ago I got an IRS scam call that had I name for the CallerID. This week I got another call from the same name. This time they said they were a medical organization and "needed" to help me with my medical condition (that I don't have). I told them to tell the IRS Hi and hung up. Soooo Dumb.

I received a call stating that Netflix never receive my monthly payment and that I needed to upgrade my credit card information. There was an error in the fake Netflix email address. I forwarded to my spam folder.

Here are a couple other numbers. The 800 number is a real IRS number but the scammer sounds Nigerian and it sounds like a boiler room call bank in the background. I reported the calls to FTC and TIG site found on the IRS site. 646-586-9787 and 800-829-4933. Scammers!

I do owe some taxes and thought this voice message was legit. I called the number and got a message stating it was a non working 'life jack'(I think that is correct name) number. It gave another number to call 'life jack'. Just getting that 10 second recording could I have gotten hacked? Could they possibly get info speed in my phone?

866 386 6642 is a scam and her name is Christina. She claims that she is from the state of texas filing department and is pressing criminal charges. I work for the state. The state does not call from an 866 number, and usually any letter is US Mail. Do not give this person your information

I just received a call from this number, they called my Mother and my daughter! I called back but there is only a voicemail

I got a person name Olivia and she confirmed if this was a correct number and said she was from state filing. Then she started to site something and said fraud and I'm like fraud? I asked what are the names of the company who's filing a complaint against me and she couldn't give me that information! She said I would have to call them. So I said let me call you back and get a paper and pen. So when I called back, just a voice mail and no name of the company. This is definitely a scam! I do not owe anything and if it's state, they just take it out from my taxes and send me something in the mail. Don't give them any information!

I have had numerous calls every single day since Dec. when I first got my phone number. What I want to say..The people who scam people are COMPLETE IDIOTS for thinking we would fall for their little lies. I GUESS THEY DON:T have a life...SAD..


And how did you fix this issue

Add # (206)414-1327 and #(256)371-6470
I got scammed $800 yesterday .I realized it was a scam when they asked me for more money saying the amount I owed suddenly went up another couple thousand I know how stupid of me to fall for it . I woke up to that urgent message and didn't think just called them back and got dupped. How I didn't know this scam was happening idk. I now block every unknown number I get. Lesson learned .

Add this number to the list 202-846-0086

Put this number to the list as well. It tried contacting my husband and saying they have a warrant for his arrest if he doesn't pay. 206 312 0068

Shouldn't something like this be illegal? How is it ok or possible for someone else to use possibly my number essentially posing as me until the person picks up the line??? I have called back these spoof numbers and a very annoyed victim answered telling me I had been calling him! This has got to stop. How do I remove my phone number from being available to the public?

This scammer texted me saying they were the IRS. Be aware and do not give them any personal info. I gave them fake everything!!!!!!! Even address!!!!!! The number is tel:(929)-335-3029!!!!!!

Be very aware!!!!!

Latest on caller id spoofing, is they use your own phone number ! The only difference will be the area code.

I know the precautions to take, but have gotten to the point I can't even be sure this email came from the FTC. It is very demoralizing. Thanks for the tip.

Yes its true and running with me

I recieve calls daily from men with thick foreign accents who have the nerve to tell me they are from the US government. Their numbers come in with the area code 202 whoch is Washington DC. Don't be fooled. Hang Up!

Same thing here. 202-444-4444. Thick foreign accent.

just received a call from some scammer saying he was calling from the us treasury 202-568-5894 . I hung up add this to list

Thank you..and they are now hacking into Facebook accounts to read posts,and retrieve personal,address, phone numbers,your picture..

They read about you and your careful...

I receive calls with imaginary area codes. The callers do NOT leave a message. The Jamaican Million Dollar Lottery is back.

from 1-876-357-8331 & His name was "James Carter". That I won in a sweepstakes (which I never entered). & to give him money to retain my prize. I told him don't call this number again & that I didn't enter any sweepstakes & hung up. he called back 3 more times.

Call from 347-926-7308 a NY City number but a foreign sounding voice I had a hard time understanding. Said he was calling for the American Sweepstakes (something) and said I had entered a sweepstakes in January. I have never entered a sweepstakes so I told him he had the wrong person. He said he had an entry from (my name). Obviously this is a sweepstakes scam where they try to get you to pay money in order to win your prize. I hung up

The lottery caller threatened me yesterday.

I too have been receiving,,several times that I am a winnr in this Lottery.....Going on for weeks,,,but a foreign from Jamaica is making these calls

Received a call on April 28, 2016 from a fake IRS. They asked me to call them at 650-479-3053 and the caller ID shows Half Moon Bay, CA. I chose not to answer and they left a robo call message on my cellphone.

I have received calls from 2 different numbers claiming they are the IRS and they have filed a lawsuit against me and need me to call immediately to the number it came through from. One is a cell phone number 740-241-2608 and the other one is from another cell number from CA 310-667-1800. I didn't answer or call back because I know they are scams. The IRS would never call you much less from a cell phone. They would contact you with a letter through the mail. Don't fall for these scams!

After I got the robo call, I called them to ask what kind of company they were and where they were located and they hung up on me. I kept calling them back hitting the redial continuously for 30 minutes to frustrate them telling them I was going to report them. As a real IRS employee, it was fun getting a little revenge!!

This is illegal. Slavery is illegal. And this scamming and scam calls is a form of slavery. All slavery is illegal.

why are you paying the irs, sales tax which is only suppose to be collected in a fed. area ? just wondering..

I received a call from an alarm system co saying they were returning my call. I already have a system so I just slammed the phone down. I also got a package in the mail from someone wanting me to collect money and the outside said here is your packet you asked for. I marked through my name and put returned to sender on it. People think they can get you every way possible. I have learned from you all that I don't have to do anything about this type of stuff. Thanks for your help.

My own approach for avoiding scammers, robocalls, etc. is to use an answering machine to screen ALL calls. When friends and family members call and hear, "Please leave a message" they only need to speak a few words before I pick up. Reputable persons and businesses have no problem leaving a message, but scammers will not. I've used this approach for over 10 years with 100% success and believe the FTC should include it among its recommendations.

this also works for me, and has for many years.

Amen. We've done it this way for decades.

I too use this technique. It really does work. My phone shows the # of the caller. Sometimes it just says out of area. If I do not recognize the # I just do not answer. If they really need to speak to me they can leave a number. A good 75% of the calls coming in do not leave a message.

I had an individual call me asking why I was calling them everyday. I never called them. They said it was a health care company, using my number. What can I do?

A scammer might have used your number to hide the number he was calling from. You may want to use your answering machine for a while until you stop getting mistaken calls.

I was scammed like that last month for $3875 ! The number was the IRS number! Wish I could get my money back. Its all I had. Now, I'm flat broke, living week to week. Wish I'd known before I read this.

05/4/2016 at 11:34 am.

I don't know who did send me how get my name and address, text message letter I am deaf, my legal name is Kharidja 

Check by Person name Rich L. From West Nyack, New York send me check$ 114.00. Id Code 90092446 phone number 888-831-5723 I have all check from New York and I will mail and how know my name. By spam only and my bank did warning to me about Scam. I live at Redwood Dr    NC     home number 336-xxx xxxx and cell text number 336-xxx xxxx   I never give peoples over it my private but I against Tech support doing it. thank you

That looks like check fraud.

I'm in the process of getting an elderly relative taken off direct mailing databases. That phone number is for Male Enhancement Warehouse. I called the number and spoke w/customer service & was assured the mail would stop in a week (believe that, and I have a bridge to sell you - another company told me 6 MONTHS before their mail stops).

I have received numerous calls stating they are the IRS and are going to take me to court. All in an automated setting. I just hang up. Have gotten 3-4 calls. Should have jotted phone # down.

the telecom companies know damn well who pays the bills for the millions of robo and scam callers. they do nothing about it because it's a revenue stream. until the offenders actually have to pay the price for their invasions of privacy and outright will only continue. It's about time the telecom companies were charged with criminal behavior by allowing these offenders to buy the line time.


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