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 have never gotten spam calls such as the type described within these comments. Authentic calls from IRS, FBI, Interpol concerning ID theft.A call from a fake pharm with website with my insurance company. knew everything about me. I called medical insurance to verify, and they said no affiliation.

I just read this column and my cell phone rang. Caller left me a voice message that IRS were starting proceedings against me. Call back number 561-450-9085.

I really do feel sorry for you people that got took by these criminals. I got so sick and tired of listening to them that I shut off my answering machine and they never leave messages. I don't even answer my pharmacy calls because I call them and I know what it going on with them. They have a long robo message that just goes on and on. I just don't answer anything unless I know the person. I have wiped my phone clean so I don't have the numbers. One was from NYC Manhattan. I do get a lot of calls from a gas co. I don't answer them either because I had them for a while and then I called ComEd and asked them why I had to have a different co. deliver my household gas. They told me they have to let them because they would be considered a monopoly if they didn't. I dropped them like a hot potato and now they won't quit calling. No one that calls ever leaves a message. I figure that if it is important they will leave a message for me. Never do though. I used to answer and put the phone down and go do something else. When they realized that I wasn't there then they would hang up. I have been hung up on the Microsoft ones. I just keep telling them I know that they're trying to scam me. They finally hand up. I'm so glad that I found this site and signed up for it. I'm not an easy person to convince to send money or give out info over the phone. I won't give out my ssn or anything to people who I should. I figure that they already have that info. My advise is just don't answer the phone. Caller ID on your phone shows something most of the time and a person can tell it isn't legit and they just are trying to sell you something or get money from you. The only reason I haven't given up my landline phone it because my kids call me on it. Now and then they will text me. I don't like cell phones. I don't have a problem with them because I never give out my number to anyone but my friends and relatives. Good Luck to all of you and after reading all of these I really feel for the people who lost money. Sad world we live in these days.

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I have not received any financial related scam calls, but I have received phone calls that say "a claim is being processed for so and so." I made the mistake of dialing 0 to talk to somebody to have my number removed because I thought it was a wrong number. These scammers then used my number to call all of these other people. I didn't realize this until my phone started ringing off the hook saying I just called them. Apparently this is fairly common because my phone provider knew exactly what was going on. Basically, these scammers are trying to find active phone numbers for which they could then use it to 'call' (make it look my number) other people. For what purpose I have no clue, but how pathetic!

latest number I am getting calls from 773--887-9225 this number at 8:05 last night and again today at 12:37. You block one number and it starts from another. I wish these people would get a real job and stop harassing people. Here's a list of numbers I have received calls or text from 617-714-0766, 703-349-7027, 804-519-8351, 617-714-0978, 540-254-0005, 773-887-9224, 407-571-3296, 773-887-9219, 757-414-7371, 571-207-6970, 855-212-3031, 386-623-2615, 732-806-3835, 408-580-0141, 580-699-8897, 484-664-1805, 757-821-2274, 311-923-5440, 248-215-0583, 813-417-0959, 219-228-6565, 540-209-0424, 862-231-2552, 217-600-2033, 973-466-0148, 206-400-7041,360-211-9633, 928-440-6850, 813-359-8662,347-502-2674, 757-419-5320, 248-755-9949, 352-279-8576, 207-554-1514, 703-659-9853, 657-251-1654, 440-635-3109, 763-401-7045, 850-447-0334, 410-297-7736, 405-779-8205, 385-265-8131, 770-900-5274, 248-755-9949, 520-335-9825, 803-339-0121, 260-201-1634, 901-646-7142, 765-734-4422, 915-208-3267, 321-427-1999,814-791-3296, 419-731-0799, 512-910-8194, 903-467-3189

here's my list of bothersome phone call--AREA CODE 310-283-8168,273-4672,463-1390,237-6837,773-4065,747-7475,747-6096,828-1877,693-4430,326-5212,441-5877,693-4430,463-9149,AREA CODE 213-985-0858,255-1143,AREA CODE 323 694-7028 ,239-7368, 800-5505, 694-6568, 239-7368, 255-3143, 276-3921, 302-1755, 317-8047-, 318-4301,350-0408,698-4473,715-7074,7227372,727-1271,821-1920,821-5151,864-5575,928-6463, AREA CODE 914 246-3014,AREA CODE 949 286-3973, AREA CODE 949 2863973,AREA CODE 906 255=6114, AREA CODE 909 285-6114,AREA CODE 951 824-1047,732-9430,852-4496, AREA CODE 989 244-9050,AREA CODE 818 638-7270,296-0006, 930-5379, 989-6539, 314-5035, 785-1301, 830-8310,555-5555,AREA CODE 469 424-2174, AREA CODE 699 863-1109, AREA CODE 408 560-1694, AREA CODE 714 776-9169, 776-8569, 463-6060, 555-7631, 5550842, 5410068, 5435327, AREA CODE 424 316-9474, 999-7297,234-7023,231-8285,234-7052,AREA CODE 805 203-0293,AREA CODE 894 904-1313,AREA CODE 989 244-9050,AREA CODE 484 541-8017,AREA CODE 562 389-6088,277-9829,273-3688,280-7946,206-2960,AREA CODE 615 657-6954,AREA CODE 619648 0993, 846-7119, AREA CODE 469 424-2174,AREA CODE 699 863-1109,AREA CODE 855 961-047, 509-2378, 731-7499, AREA CODE 702 815-2394, 546-7288,AREA CODE 216 282 0367 AREA CODE 209 463-3721, AREA CODE 202 436-9791,  AREA CODE 206, 200-3579,708-2849, AREA CODE 347 215-6325,560-5677, AREA CODE 502 210-2612, AREA CODE 504 416-9276,704-5720,AREA CODE 512 714-8520, 340-2618, AREA CODE 530 347-1396, AREA CODE

202-792-3235 IS A SCAMS , DONT FALL FOR IT.

stefb82, do you know what number they gave you? People keep calling me and telling me that this phone number you mention has been giving out my phone number to people saying they have a grant coming.

I know AT&T could stop some of this - If they would just take the time ! Very annoying !

this month i decided to fly from Somalia to Kenya in order to got my documents but i did not receive my tickets and visa the only way to block these scammers. thank you and thanks our God.

Ihave been phone calls from 3 different number 845-866-6418, 845-750-8163, and 203-805-9716 since Friday saying the IRS is filing a lawsuit against me, and today's call was the final notice, gosh I hope so. My phone is on DO Not Call registry, but they call anyway

Recieved back to back calls today, when i called back they did exactly what has been said on here. Insisted that I remain on the phone with them while I go to the bank and get the money then they would tell me where to go from there. I put them on mute because I thought it was a scam. Then told them I dont have a cell , the guy was rude and told me to go borrow one and he would wait. So I put the phone down next to the speaker if the tv as my son watches a kids movie. I hope they are enjoying the Avengers, and now out for 254 area code . It was different number each time but atea code never changed.

Phone rang showing "out of area" 888-320-6176 Apria. Let it go to answering machine. Message left to call them as they had sent a letter and received no reply and needed more information in order to bill insurance company.
Called Apria who verified there was no contact from them.

ADD 206-823-3349 TO THE LIST

Lady called me for the fourth time today saying they were from the government wanting to give me money. I listened and than once she was finished said to be 100% honest I've received multiple calls from you can you please take me off you call list.... She said why in the heck didn't you just say so frecking Richard! You know what I'm going to keep on calling you you got that A-hole! Me I just calmly told he If she diced to keep calling I would get a lawyer and see how she likes it. She said ever swear word in the book then I hung up. Can't report the darn number because the caller id is one number short if it's truly a real number 206-746-082. If any one has a suggestion it would be great

These people should not be able to get a cell phone if they are not a citizen of the UNITED STATES that is the way they could be tracked ex-bill collector

Received a scam call this morning from 206-472-6290 with a robo call message from a Ms Scott claiming that this was a final notice from the Dept. of United States Treasury concerning a tax filed against me. Message stated to call their hot line number before this goes to federal claims court or you get arrested. Knew this was a scam since I owe no taxes. I did not respond to the call but wanted to report this offence. Their hotline number was the same number that appeared in the call ID 206-472-6290.

My mom got a call from this number yesterday and today and they left a voicemail saying that they are from the IRS and that it was a final notice. The IRS is doing a lawsuit against her and to call this number 716-473-0925 to verify case.

Just got call from this # threatening me. 719-217-5837. They left same message as ka above⬆

Just received a threatening message from 719-217-5837. The usual"we're it's,last chance to pay,yada yada

+1 (206) 336-3407 Seattle, WA Called today. I asked to speak to supervisor. He said there was no need. Don't call back again, they are paid "scammers" I couldn't understand the word, so he spelled it for me.

The is becoming a serious problem.. I am on the "Do not Call List" however I still get several calls a day from automatic dialers and fake numbers..

I received this call at around 9 am today from 516-926-1253. A recorded woman's voice said it was the US Treasury calling and then some complete mumbo-jumbo about taxes and being in trouble etc. Didn't make any sense - wasn't supposed to make any sense. She actually gave me ANOTHER NUMBER I was supposed to call immediately to avoid arrest! I called back the original number and someone with an accent (not spanish, not russian, not really sure what kind of accent) answered "US Treasury". I said I just got a call from this number. He hung up. I called again and someone with a similar accent said "US Department of the Treasury". I once again said someone had called me from this number. He immediately got very angry and said I was about to be arrested. I asked what tax year this was about, and how much money. He asked for my name. I gave it to him. He made up some amount of money under %5,000. When I asked what tax year, again, he said 2011 and 2012. Of course I knew this was a scam, but wanted to get to the bottom of what they were going to try to sell me. He said "I am sending officers to your house right now!!" I said, "OK". Getting angrier and angrier he said "there's a warrant for your arrest and officers will be at your house in less than 30 minutes". I told him I looked forward to it. He hung up.

Now what bothers me about this is not their harassment of me; I know this is a scam, I don't owe the IRS any money, and if I did owe them, they would not send officers to arrest me. What bothers me is that my elderly mother has gotten emails from "the FBI" etc. and called me to see if they were real. I managed to convince her they were not real. I do her taxes and if she got this call she would not have any idea if she owed money to the IRS, and might go along with it. She is 88 and getting dementia. I would hope she would hang up. This really makes me mad! Preying on people who are honest and believe everyone else is honest too.

Well we all need to get a class action lawsuit going against all voIp aka voice over Internet protocol phone companies. That's why they can't be caught the use these internet phones and make calls thru the internet today I asked for an application for a job so I could work for them. Also asked if they were using voice over Internet protocol and the person said yes

I live in a retirement community. I posted the scam message in the mail room. Several of the elderly believed this garbage until recently. But it's hard to keep them from responding, they are decent honest people who trust too often.

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Add this number to the list 603-203-0160 it came up as a cell phone out of New Hampshire. Another IRS caller claiming you owe money. I don't understand how this can be happening with all the technical advances we have. Most of these come out of India or somewhere in the Middle East. So tired of these crappy calls.

I received a call earlier on my cell phone, which was spoofed as my own number. Do I have anything to worry about?

Brianna Scott called me too- same story re tax fraud going to court or jail. Return # was 646-930-8909.

Here's another # to report: 510-443-0044. Same IRS scam saying they're suing you and that you'll be arrested if you don't pay; they also said that there is an embezzlement charge. It's a robo call---I called the number and said that I was reporting them to the authorities. They hang up as soon as you do that, or if you ask them what their REAL name is, because it's obvious that these people w/Indian/Pakistani accents are NOT named "James Brown" or "Joe Smith", "Steve Jones", etc. Ask for their badge number and then tell them that "Officer Steve Jones" isn't their actual name.

I'd like to report Notification Warehouse Center 1-800-208-4460. I've been trying for two years to get an elderly relative off direct mail databases. The only positive comment I have is that after calling 35 other businesses, at least their hold music was Chopin and Beethoven! I spoke with Patrick, who claimed the call was being recorded. He took my relative's name (didn't bother to check spelling) and zip code & glibly said done!

When I asked for clarification, he got snippy, & said he had everything. I called back and spoke with Alex. HE at least claimed the reason my relative got the post card was something else that my relative ordered from another company. Then when I asked for clarification, he got rude, & told me he didn't have to listen to me tell him how to do his job! My relative will STILL be getting these cards asking him to pay $12.95 shipping and handling for "$297" worth of jewelry. Does anyone at the FTC actually DO anything with the complaints on this board? I sincerely hope so.

The comments you put here on the consumer blog are not added to the database of formal complaints that law enforcement uses for investigations.

If you want to inform law enforcement of a problem you're having with a business, go to and file a complaint.

For the past three years, we have received a call once a year on our land line with a Caller ID that has our name and phone number. The caller never left a message. This year, I finally answered it to find out it was regarding lowering interest rates on our credit card. We don't have a credit card. The gentleman said that he would take our name and number off of their list. I felt like telling him that the name and number he's calling from is ours.

I have received calls and texts saying that I have called or texted them from my cell phone. However, I have not because I don't know these people. Do I have anything to worry about? How do I stop this activity?

This might be happening becuase a scammer pretended to use your phone number when he called or texted people. Scammers will hide the phone number they are really calling from, and make a different number appear in the caller ID of the person who gets the call or text.

If you're worried that someone has interfered with your actual phone line, you could contact your phone carrier to see if there is any unusual activity on your phone.

I honestly don't know anyone that would fall for a telephone scam. Legitimate correspondence is still done the old fashioned way,US postal service. If it's not in writing from a legitimate agency, then chances are,it's fraudulent.

6177779485 is a scam. this number is part of a team that will spoof numbers like ticketfly and get you to pay for what seem like secure transactions. they work in a 2 person system that seems disconnected to trick you and you will never get your tickets or product. i hope the ftc sees th eharm being caused to everyone and puts a stop to spoofing. do not trust your phone unless you dialed them directly. any number coming in can be fraud.

Scam call from Brianna Scott Dept of Treasury abt legal petition of tax fraud .. 786.233.7312.. Isn't impersonating a govt office illegal?

Just received a call from 240-252-4606 claiming they are from the US Treasury.

We receive dozens of robo calls a day. They are so good at disguising where they are calling from and will even be marked as private caller or restricted. Being a home business, we need to answer all of these calls.
I have noticed a quirk on their system. When answering, if there is silence and then a click, hang up. This is the sign of a robo call. Computer has dialed your number, sensed an answer and has transferred you over to a live person. Also the newest trick is to convince you that you are in a conversation with a real human. If you think you are in a conversation with a computer, but not sure, say something really random, like "oatmeal". Computer is programmed to respond to pre-set triggers. Hope this helps

Just got a call from this number saying it was the IRS and if I didn't call them then an attorney would be in touch. phone number 1-888-231-7396
This is a scam, do not call back.

got a call from 361-436-0874. I did not answer, they left message on answering machine "IRS services. This is to advise you that you must call the IRS at 361-436-0874 immediately to avoid legal action against you" i also filed a complaint with TIG scam form.

Recently, we have received many incoming calls that list our phone number as the Call ID. Thought that was weird...

It’s a scammer making an illegal robocall

Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake or “spoof” caller ID information. They can make it look like they’re calling from a different place or phone number. Even your number. Scammers use this trick as a way to get around call-blocking and hide from law enforcement. They hope you’ll be curious enough to pick up. Don’t fall for it.

For more information, please see our blog post, Getting calls from your own number?

443-735-2796 (Salisbury, MD) called my land line. It was a recorded message with a woman's voice saying the IRS has been trying to reach me and will now file a lawsuit against me. I called back from another number and a man with a Pakistani or Indian accent answered as Officer...whatever. I called several times and asked if he worked Saturdays and got paid? Finally, I spoke to him in a foreign language that is not common. THE IRS WILL NEVER CALL YOU UNLESS YOU HAVE RECEIVED WRITTEN NOTICE AND HAVE A CASE NUMBER. DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY INFORMATION. Scammers galore out there. Beware.

443-735-2796 (Salisbury, MD) called my land line. It was a recorded message with a woman's voice saying the IRS has been trying to reach me and will now file a lawsuit against me. I called back from another number and a man with a Pakistani or Indian accent answered as Officer...whatever. I called several times and asked if he worked Saturdays and got paid? Finally, I spoke to him in a foreign language that is not common. THE IRS WILL NEVER CALL YOU UNLESS YOU HAVE RECEIVED WRITTEN NOTICE AND HAVE A CASE NUMBER. DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY INFORMATION. Scammers galore out there. Beware.

I've filed numerous complaints w/the FCC RE: a wide variety of TCPA violations/scams. The response is always thanks, but we don't bother investigating these complaints. What a surprise these people continue to attempt to prey on people. How many senior citizens need to get ripped off before the FCC starts taking these complaints seriously? Telemarketers & other such scum know FCC/FTC won't even try to do anything, so they keep going. Without any attempt to enforce it, the TCPA is completely useless!

I got a call from a 202-846-2237 (add that one to the list) number saying i owe money. Saying they were gonna freeze my bank accounts and take my passport and take over my business which i do not have a passport or business. They said they would come and take my car and house at any minute and that i would be arrested and sent to jail. That was 30 min ago. This is ridiculous and it needs to stop!!!!!!

Today it is coming up as unknown caller. So you can't even block the number, they have called my phone twice already and left messages. At least if a number shows up you can block it.


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