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.

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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.

Got a message from an *unavailable* number today (I did not answer the call). IRS after me, ha! Message asked me to call: 404-810-1634.

Have received 7 calls since 10am this morning! % calls from (347)349-8574. I put it on my blocked caller list and since have gotten 2 more from (602)638-6921. All leave the same recorded message..starts after the beginning so they don't claim to be the IRS, but threatens me with legal action for past due taxes. I don't ever answer my phone. My friends leave me messages and I call them back. But this is so out of hand with the calls every hour of the day that I am OVER IT!!

I RECEIVED CALLS FROM 2168416779, 2023654125, 2026512855, 8016562093, 2023654131, 3052142222, 2023654196, 7733124886 AND UNKNOWN NUMBERS. GOING AS FAR AS EMAILING ME AND SAYS ITS A FEDERAL GRANT...THEY GAVE A CONFIRMATION NUMBER ASKING TO PHONE 3156830137 TO CLAIM YOUR $7000 FUND. WHY WONT IT STOP???

I received this same call today from this number

(202)750-0000, add it to the list.

+1 (800) 250-5948 Is saying that they are the irs and they have charges against me. And I tell them that the irs didn't call and they cuss you out.

After 42 years of marriage and this being the last straw, I divorced, when my ex spouse got involved, over 1 1/2 years ago, and is currently involved in a Nigerian Lottery, Homeland Security, whatever, scam....our adult kids, the police and FBI have told him the same, it'sa fraud...there is info everywhere yet, my ex still is waiting, in my house, for his 1.5 million...he took loans beind my back and when I exposed it, he called me names, continued to send them $$$, gave them his new phone number..Even with all the evidence, still is in contact to this day...supposed to get money today, yet the 20th cancellation and excuse...We have been divorced for 6 months, I walked away with not one dime after 44 years together, I have to now,work to make ends meet at age 65..doesn't have one dime to live elsewhere, so I let him stay but now want him out of my house...sad end to a long marriage.

FCC has regulatory control over the tell-com and yet has put any anti-spoofing regulations requiring tell-com to verify the assigned line is using the proper information. Thank a bad US GOVERNMENT for the above! They could fix it but choose not to!

1800 250 5948 scam too beware

received call from "U S Treasury Dept". about taxes I owed.Recorded message said I needed to answer it or I would be arrested. Last chance to discuss before arrest. I returned call and had lengthy conversation w/ "USTreasury Dept agent (with a foreign accent). Interesting thing he added was that my social security card would be blacked out. Also I called him back again and I'm sure he was using his own cell phone. Call came from Hermosa Beach CA--310-870-9083.

Recent calls from (310) 251-8433 with the same info. Gardena, CA phone number but saying they are from Washington, DC. I asked for her IRS "badge/ID" number and she provided IRM1256.....sounds "official" doesn't it? I love to give them a hard time right back.

Today they called me from (213) 359-1972

(844) 761-4087 is another documented scam number.

Add (202) 840-6551, please.

Add (877)-659-5575. Left a voicemail saying that local enforcement are being sent to my house. It is the same woman's voice used from phone calls from NY, Texas, Colorado, etc. with different numbers.

add (206) 238-0111 called today and last week left a message

I have received 5 calls today from the following:
(201) 762-5848, (408) 692-6021, (509) 588-1437, (914) 297-6412. each time I block the contact number and then I get a call on another number very frustrating.

I too received phone call claim the were calling to give me the heads up that the IRS was missing a warrant for me and I needed to resolve the issue or face five years in prison. That I need to an 5660.00 or face prison in the federal Let. I was totally upset But knew my taxes were fine. I called my local police whom inform me it was a terrible scam? From now on just hang out.Im so ick of these calls. Add to the list 213-716__3932.To me this is like a terrorist act they are victimizing innocent people I'm a Senior also. But I know they are victimizing people who aren't Seniors too. But seems like we are most targeted. Please help Us.

as. on 26 August, i was cheated by the person , as he call me and said i am speaking from bob and ur account is being blocked . due to non submitt of the documents.

as then he ask my account detail as i get befool and give my account detail as then he ask my debit card detail and . i give all my detail and then as take off all my money from my account.

as his number is still working . he is saying u cant do my anything. as i have done fir also but till now no revert come.. plz do any thing to stop all such crime

You can call your bank and tell them someone is taking money. Ask the bank to give you a new account number and new debit card.

Add 213-509-2406 to IRS scam

Add number 303-219-8724 and name Brianna Scott treasury department scam

07481 866 453 bank fake call

8552179114 keep calling wanting to send money to them

Just wanted to add- 317-746-9709..415-300-2908..717-689-4316

317-746-9709...called 9/10/16 @8:42am...left automated voicemail informing me the IRS is preparing a lawsuit against me
415-300-2908...called 7/20/16 @12:02pm and 7/21/16 @10:22am...both calls left the same automated voicemail, but the voice sounded very slow and drawn out, almost distorted, said the issue at hand is extremely time sensitive, I am Officer Heather Graham from Internal Revenue Service, and (long pause) the hotline to my division is 717-689-4316, I repeat it's 717-689-4316..don't disregard this message and do return this call before we take any further action against you..take care and goodbye

Thanks everyone for listing other #s..I can't believe there's so many, it's ridiculous..I haven't been able to add them all yet, but I try to add as many as I can to the "Block Contact" list on my cell

Called said they were Feds and we were in deep trouble, if we didn't call back. Hope did tight thing

Why does the Government and phone companies even permit spoofing? What is a legitimate use for this? Remember, come November! A vote for any incumbent Senator or Representative, Republication or Democrat, or for Hillary; is a vote for the Government to continue it’s lack of enforcement of the DNC law and to permit spoofing.

FAKE CALL in Palm Beach, Fl. Man calling from 954-372-2632 said he was with the DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY, and that there has been a number of break-ins in my area. He immediately hung up after I told him we are already armed. Then I blocked the number using Call Blocker app.

Add # 310-254-0675 IRS IMPERSONATOR Officer Smith Badge # 3207 When you call number back it goes to China Telecom America . A charge of fraud has been filed now against this number and that person (s) are on file with government for impersonating an officer which holds their company responsible and guilty as well.

Got a call from (773) 269-3240 it was an automated message saying there was an IRS case against me and that I needed to call them back immediately. Bunch of crap!! The call came from Chicago.

Got two threatening calls September 19, 2016 from (701)264-9501 "IRS filing suite against you" & from (978)746-2083 Caller ID "Starnet Paete" regarding "refusal to show up for claims court!" Makes me doubt any bill collector & regret small payments or payment arrangements made!! Thanks for posted fraudulent / crooked T:#s. Certainly proceed with caution.

FBI Scam: My college daughter got a call from the "FBI" demanding money to clear up college debt and gave her 2 hours to pay several hundred dollars. She has no college debt. The caller ID read, FBI. When you call the # it states it is the FBI from a city nearby. The PD at UW Madison, WI have gotten several complaints.
Sadly, if she would have had the money in her account, she would have paid it. She was beside herself and ready to ask friends for the $$. Thank goodness she called us. These crooks are so convincing that initially, she didn't believe us when we told her it was a scam.

224-330-3283, fake treasury department.

I just got a call that said they were with the FBI crime stoppers and I had a arrest warrant because I was accused of fraud and wanted me to go to a Walmart Walgreens or staples and stay in the phone with them and when I got to the parking lot to let them know and follow direction and that I needed to purchase a prepaid debit card with vouchers... the number was 424-228-9686 and it was a California number. - anyone else had this happen?

215-543-6449 - vm says special agent blah blah from Dept Homeland Security calling for a DEA case, return call or will be served with warrant for arrest

a new number to add to the list 917-962-0037, poses as Citi Bank email of the same scammer, vxcc

got a call from the same woman twice today about 3 hours apart. Each time she asked to speak to me by first name. In the first call she said the gov't wanted to give me a $7,000. grant because I had paid my bills on time for the last year and I had no felonies against me for the past 6 months (oh, I guess that makes me a good person)...She gave me a Grant # and a call back phone number to speak with a "financial manager". I thanked her and hung up, never calling the financial manager. Her second call came in 3 hours later telling me the same thing although this time it was a grant for $9000. Again I took the info, hung up, and just posted here to report. #s were: 202-643-4817 and 202-754-9731. IRS phone # was 567-203-5703/ What good does it do to sign up for a DO NOT CALL registration?! They call anyway.

I am had the same scam call, it showed it was a number in Washington DC the man said they would give me $9000 grant that I wouldn't have to pay back for being a good citizen who paid my bills and stayed out of trouble. He knew my name, address and phone number. Then I hung up. Now I am getting No caller ID numbers, and answered and man said my name I think. Then threatened saying he was going to kill me. I think it is the same peopled. New DC number is 202-653-5684.

i am had the same scam call this morning and same from Bnky76 story. and at the end i gave all my bank information , in the middle of conversation i find out that they are scammer . so what i did i run right away to our bank 3 mins away from home and tells what happens this morning we called the police and police officer came at the bank .. We find out that every minute the scammer got a big money from other people who believe to their story
This is my lesson not to believe to that kind of story.Their nos are 202-656-9173, 1-646-801-5676
And Thanks to the Bank Manager who helped me doing all my bank information to make a new one and blocked the old account and to the police officer who help me to file a report..

got a fake call from +915bab !!!!

repeated calls from this number . . . +1 408-834-4451

I got a call telling me i owe a payday loan, funny never ever did that either, anyway he gave me his name and bank info to deposit 900.00 dollars. add this number...347 384-4053. I had recorded all of the conversation then sent it to my daughter for her to report it. She works where it can be done .

Most of the time these scammers use delisted phone numbers. How do they get a list of delisted phone numbers? No doubt the phone companies sell them their recently delisted phone numbers. THE INCOMPENT FTC MUST BEGIN TO STOP THIS PRACTICE!!!

This is wonderful, but what is the government doing about this? Isn't it fraud or attempted fraud?

There so many fraud and scams going on and the FTC does have finite amount of personal and resources to go around, this is the reality, and these scammers and fraudsters can take months to a couple of years to build a case against them and if they are overseas it makes it more difficult to get arrests and prosecute, and in some countries it is a minor offense and the people who are arrested are let go with a small fine and they are back at it within a few days. It is sad but all we can do is try to keep warning others and protecting ourselves with common sense.

At the end there it says report it to the FTC or FCC.
So, what, I give them the spoofed phone number? What will they do with that?

Today I got a call from saying they were from the Federal Government, immediately I knew it was a scam because no one who calls from the Federal Government do not say that they say which Department they are from (IRS,FBI,FTC,of education, of Commerce, etc) and the first time the number (917)117-1311 well he(Mario Stevens or Stephens) was saying about giving me a grant then when I got him angry(I am very good at pissing people off) he started threatening me with calling the police on me and having me arrested. So I set the phone down and ignored him. After a couple minutes he gave up and hung up, immediately another call came in from number (585)296-1630 and I answered it low and behold it was the same voice who I also told not to call me again, so I set the phone down without talking to him, well again he kept talking and I believe I heard police again then he hung up, and immediately the same number called again and I did the same thing answered and set it down but he immediately hung up when there was no answer. The one thing these scammers hate more than anything is not having someone on the line and wasting their time because some of these calls are being made from overseas out of Mexico or South America and even Asia, and what they do is use internet phone numbers which can be set to any area code you would like, because the numbers are available are listed on there. When you call it comes up as that number even if you are calling from Ghana. These scammers are predators and should be treated as severely as any predator even the child predators.

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