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Scammers are using fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they’re someone who can be trusted. The practice is called caller ID spoofing, and scammers can fake anyone’s phone number.

Today, we got reports that scammers are spoofing the FTC’s Consumer Response Center’s phone number (877-382-4357). But don’t let that stop you from reporting scammers — it’s still safe to call the Consumer Response Center, and it’s also safe to report scammers online.

If you’ve submitted a report or request to the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, the FTC might call you for additional information. But we won’t call you from 877-382-4357. And the FTC will never ask for money or for sensitive information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, or bank account information.

Scammers are constantly picking new phone numbers to spoof. Here are a few tips for staying ahead of scammers and their unexpected calls:

  • If you get a strange call from a government phone number, hang up. If you want to check it out, visit the official (.gov) website for contact 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.

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

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Calling me to sell me a warranty for my car. I have been getting this from several different numbers. They all sound like foreigners.

There seems to be a lot more spoofing going on. I got "calls" from several local businesses and even a medical clinic that I use. When they did not leave a voice mail, I knew they not legit. I even had a call from my own number.

these are some scam number::213-297-0346,442-237-6051,

Thank you for alerting me to this information.

Received call today. Seems my email is being looked at through another person. Someone is tapping my phone. What to do.

I assume caller ID spoofing is illegal. But how is spoofing even possible? The phone company must know who is making the call so that they can bill the caller. Is the phone company complicit?

575-628-2143 is calling everyday, about Credit Card Interest. This number, is scam. 575-628-213 has called for the past 3+ weeks. The number needs to be STOPPED at once from ever calling anyone.

I received a call from 877-382-4257 stating that I was due a refund for work previously done on my computer. They states they deposited funds into my account that was over the amount they say they owe me. They also want to use my credit card, different from my account and go to Best Buy and purchase a card for $1,500.00.

781-591-4227 Robo call hung up without leaving message, the prefixes are first six of our calling area when I called after caller id missed call function, spoke with the owner who had not called me. I explained that their # appeared to have been spoofer

Kepp getting crank calls about the I.R.S.going to arrest me if I don't pay what they say is back taxes They sound from Inda, I tell them about you the F.T.C and they hang up.

I get these type of calls all the time. I would never give out any personal information about myself unless I was the one who initiated the call. Like they say, "it's free", well I know there's nothing that's really free in life.

I got a call from this number. What is it your advice

We've been getting toll free call, with a long number of digits above the telephone number.

I have been getting so many calls, it's totally ridiculous.....I do not answer as much as possible, but I am ill and always waiting for hospital , clinics, doctors..so i DO SOMETIMES ANSWER WHEN BY INADVERTANCE...i DO NOT LOOK AT THE CALLER id, WHAT AM i AM SUPPOSED TO DO ??? i WILL REPORT TO THE ftc AGAIN, WILL YOU FOLLOW THIS UP

Phone companies have the ability to determine when caller ID data is spoofed. Why are they still allowing this to continue by neglecting responsibility?

How or Is it possible for me to get this money back on these's twoscams and I promise that this will not happen to me ever again.

I'm seeing more and more calls to my cell phone from numbers in my area code and exchange. (Example: 1-555-293-xxxx where the exchange is "293") This is an attempt to make the target (me or you) think that the call is local. Wish there was true ID on all calls ...

We're getting scamming texts for wanting money to help stop the removal of landmarks in Indiana. When I blocked them after telling them no that I did not want them calling me on that Sunday,and asked to be removed from their list, it got ugly. I blocked the number and about 3 min later received another text from the same number, different area code. +18187219240 blocked n the next call came from +18087219240

We were scammed by someone posing as an Apple technician. They gained access to our computer and tried to get my wife to pay for problems I don’t think we had. The information they could have gained is scary.

I have been getting those types of calls on land line and cell. I keep track of the calls. Many are same area code and exchange. Somedays I will answer others I won't because no one is there.
215-438-5612,215-771-5923, 215-519-8147, 215-519-5459,215-519-8998,210-899-0033,215-519-1530,215-519-8436,215-519-3803,215-519-8704,215-580'7800,

I have been harassed for over 2 months with phone calls and emails. Daily, 10 -20 calls per day sometimes. I just received a call yesterday stating it was the FTC verifying my report to your department of harassment. The person who I spoke to knew all my information. Stated that there is a lottery I won (again) that I need to claim. Can the FTC verify this information? 206 629 9442 is the latest number used. Is this the FTC?

The FTC will never call you and say you won a lottery, or ask you for money. Also, the FTC doesn't have a department of harassment. It sounds like imposters have been calling you and using the FTC name.  A scammer can use technology to spoof a phone number, and make it look like he's calling from a real FTC phone number.

If someone says he's from the FTC, tell him to send you an email from his FTC account. If he really works at the FTC, his email will end with "FTC.gov"

I have registered two land line phone numbers, one which is unlisted and two cell phone numbers with the FTC and continue on a daily basis to receive many unwanted bogus phone calls on each of these phones. After receiving these calls I often times try to redial the number only to find the call will not go through. Very annoying!!!!

Since the fires in northern California see we've been getting calls with Firefighters in ID window. We block and do not answer. Another scam so heartless! We've donated through other channels.

Until the ftc starts tracking down and arresting these robocalling scammers the volume and sophistication of these scam calls wil continue to call. Warnings about "hanging up" or ignoring the calls does NOTHING to stop this growing threat to our phone system.

I have received one (1) call from a person using someone's local phone number AC (813). Hung up on her. I called the phone number later, a man answered and told me that he was trying to stop whoever was using his phone number for business purposes.

Scam calls saying you owe IRS & they are filing a lawsuit. For further information call 1 646 375 2296. The calling phone number is 1 810 522 8419. They call 3 or 4 times a day & if you don't answer they leave a phone message.

Another 877 number came through tonight. It is as follows: 1-877-219-5613. Who knows, perhaps more bad numbers to follow down the road.

Best regards to all.

Just don't answer calls from any number you don't recognize. That's what voicemail/answering machines are for.

Thank you FTC FYI.
You have kept me
Updated on scammers

Thanks again.

I recently had a run in with law enforcement agencies in my state and have been fearing someone messing with me online for some time now and made some really not smart mistakes trying to basically cover myself up and digging a big hole in the meantime and I feel stupid.

888.773.8434 robocall recorded msg claiming IRS fraud agent Marcus Brown - call him back.

The caller gave me her phone # when requested it, since I didn't have the funds on hand (Phone # 206-629-6036 x104- Amber Miller)
I was just told about the $10,000 grant from the Federal Reserve. I don't have $200 to "register" to receive the MoneyGram, or Western Union check, but even if I did have the money, I wouldn't have paid it. While she was talking, I researched the grant on Fed Reserve to see all of the scams!

we get 40 to 50 calls a day from phone numbers all over the state,s from recorded messages to just hanging ,even threating phone calls saying they are in process of obtaining arrest warrants for money owed, the IRS ,bank loans,even threating to take my social security away.i find in todays times with all of our tech advances that at&t or any one else can help the poor,and diabled and seniors out .there is no respect any more from at&t or the other consumer help people.when it comes time to help us. they make a person feel stupid and sorry we called and bothered them.where is thye one click fixit button now.they have it for evry thing else why don't you have a one click fix it.thanks for the space I know it will be filed some where.mabe if you ask some of us might even help

514-312-6539,314-368-4894,347-453-8869,818-380-2216,642-764-1618,512-872-8966,720-820-1032,347-453-7046,347-876-9317,437-800-1600, 347-453-1819
I change my phone number and someone is still tracking me.
How is this possible?

since i put my number on the 'do not call list', i get at least 10 calls a day from robocalls. the 'do not call list' has been sold to advertisers. i have zero doubt. i wish i'd never registered for the useless drivel.

I have been spending an hour a day filing complaints on these unwanted calls. I still am getting these. Please FTC STOP THESE

My number was used in a spoofing scam today. It is very concerning that now my number was used as ID for this. What can be done to help myself and others falling victim to this?

I have the names, numbers, bank numbers of money launderers--a while circle of men sand when who have a whole step of scams, of which got caught in, but for some reason, I kept every single communication groom all of them. Is the federal government even interested in any of this? I habe tried and tried to report them all as it is money going in and out of the country not just state to state!!! They even have part of their scam as back payments due on a depository box and are using the name, address and phone numbers as far as I can tell, stating the depository is holding a box for one of the scammers which holds $1.9m USD, but hiss payments are past due. I have tried and tried to get SOMEONE to listen to me and help me....TO NO AVAIL!!! Do you want all the info I have??

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you provide will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations. 

If you know that money is being sent by wire transfer, you could also Call the Western Union Fraud Hotline at 800-448-1492 or the MoneyGram Customer Care Center at 1‑800‑926‑9400.

Is Consumerinformationbureau. com a legitimate outfit?

I recently received a spoofed call. Caller ID said the call was from me and from my phone number.

If I report this to the FTC am I reporting myself?

By the way, it created an interest dilemma for my service provider. They spent some time testing to make sure that if I blocked my own number I would not lose any features of my service (Dialing my number from my phone is one way I can access my voicemail)

What are online scams?

i was getting calls from area code 507 and i call it back and it hung up now i have a fool proof to deter these idiots from calling scream into the phone or cuss when they ask a question and answer a question with a question trust me itll work

I keep getting scam calls from government phone numbers, strangely enough they have all been government department of health and human services phone numbers, from all around the country.

Why is it that people always say, we are older. so what.
at what age are people older? get real. initiated speaking, for every second we live. we are older., we are older, then a hour ago, a day ago, a yr ago, etc. etc. etc.what's an older age. 60, 70, 80, 90? so what!~

Best investment/money ever spent was for Caller ID! Will only answer calls from friends & family. Lately some spam callers are leaving a Voicemail with either a few seconds of "air" or ending w/an automated "Goodbye." Today's technology is a blessing but also a curse. We all must stay very vigilant & not fall prey to fraudsters, either via phones or the internet.

I listen for a bit then I either scream really loudly into the phone or I use a high pitched whistle...they usually don't call back. One other tip that I saw on FaceBook is to listen to the caller but act and reply like you are totally clueless. If you can keep that up for a while and not bust out laughing, it is hilarious!

My number has been on the Do Not Call register for years. Yesterday, I received 8 calls and 5 today (it's only noon). I don't think the register is doing anything!

So so sick of the calls!! It’s mental abuse for a service I pay for, a need in today’s world! The ones to blame are the phone companies themselves who I believe can protect us but choose to charge for the service that can! They then turn around and sell these abilities to the very people who scam us, what the heck? We should demand from our phone companies who we pay so much to, for the ability to know who these callers are! Caller I.D, free! Or use some of that money we give them to come up with something!! Hello for REAL

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