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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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Hi dear sir / madam;

I have blocked money in my Google AdWords account.that Google said I have to contact my bank to solve problem. But this master card was not connected to bank was get card.

But I am in Iranian and with my country problem that goes bigger and bigger I really don't know how I could continue my activity, from one side I never lay to you about my location such as other they have account in Dubai , but from other sides I fear from our government that may make problem for me. I wish I could breat freedom airs even for one day, I really appreciate your support and your help till now, so sorry for make problems and taking your time. I am so depressed and so alone. I know it's not your business to read but I right for make myself cool down Regards Mehd I

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

How do I stop these scammers from using my phone number to call other people?

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 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?

What do I do if I keep getting calls while registered with do not call list.. Who do I contact and what records do I keep Thank you B

After your phone number is registered for the Do Not Call registry, you can report unwanted calls to

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

I received a call regarding problems with my computer at 2:00 am in the morning. Constantly getting robo calls where they use a local number, extremely annoying and something needs to be done.

got an ALERT -a Trojan has been detected. Do not click - Call ___ ___ ____ . do not click or your computer will lock out . I clicked on site and my computer locked. I called their telephone nr. and it said I had a trojan. They told me my security system Kaspersky is no longer legal in U.S.A. Their identity is America Geeks . I bought their system and gave them control of my computer to install their program. Gave me a security key and said if anyone called and could not give me that key to hang up Their identity is America Geeks. Did I get scammed? (My son says I did)

I received a call from Officer Charlie Williams to call 1 866 207 1249...or he will initiate illegal actions against me...for Microsoft...The man has an English Irish accent????

getting continued calls from heavily accented voice telling me my computer has virus or that my license has expired. talked with others and they have received similar calls ... just another scam using Microsoft/Windows name. the phone number was 877-793-7650.. told me his name was James Allen.. beware of that one..

Addition to 11/13/2017 the guy said his name was Tony Lee

I get so many sales/scam calls on my home phone, I've given up. I have turned down the ringer and turned off the ans machine, so it just rings and rings on their end. I will only use that phone for outgoing calls. Any friends or family know to call me on my cell to get ahold of me. Also, I have put my numbers on the "Do not Call" list countless times and it never helps.

Good afternoon, I wanted to let the community know about a scammer that has tried to call me today three (3) times and left messages with phone numbers. See details below of each call with numbers.

Scam calls today Friday November 17, 2017 First attempt 7:24 a.m. Call from Agoura Hills, Ca. We are bringing a law suit against you. To get more information about this case, please call immediately on our department number 818-309-2050. I repeat 818-309-2050. Thank you

Second attempt 8:04 a.m. Call from Akron, Ohio. Hello we have been trying to reach you. This call is an officially a final notice from the IRS (internal revenue services) the reason for this call is to inform you that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against you. To get more information about this case file please call 234-525-6278 Third attempt at 11:56 a.m. Call from Agora Hills, Ca We are calling to let you know the IRS is filing a lawsuit against you. To get more information about is case please call immediately on our department number 818-309-1953. I repeat 818-309-1953, thank you. Please be careful everyone.

We need Congress to pass a law requiring each carrier to provide callerID for free.

My former spouse responded to an email plea from
"Amazon" that they were having trouble getting his account to work, and could he please send them the credit card number? Without thinking he gave them the number on his brand new CC. He said, "It looked so real."
Yesterday came a Facebook notice from a friend with whom I seldom correspond, saying we both had won the Facebook Lottery, she for 50,000 and me, for 25,000. All we had to do was send $250 for a claim fee! When I questioned this on Facebook, that person said she had already received her check. My friend had been hacked.

So... Im on chrome and I got a MICROSOFT identity alert. I called the number not knowing it was a scam. After they wouldn't pick up, I called Chrome Tech Support. They wouldn't even listen! I'm 12 and I can handle myself, but when I have to get a friend to help me, then Chrome is not doing their job. I decided to look up the topic and then found this site. I submitted a report then all was fine. I decided to call the number until they picked up. I yelled at them when they did. That feeling of being scammed when your only a kid is horrible. I can't control my anger when people do that. Reason i'm here now is because a few months ago, I got a call from this number. I just hung up because I though it was someone prank calling me. I almost gave them my information, and i'm glad I didn't. I'm just glad to know there are people getting rid of these horrible people. After all, I got that Microsoft message today so I am going to start looking into this stuff and try to make people aware. If I can do it, we all can.

Tired of calls by foreigners. They claim to be working with Microsoft! They seem to know more about my computer than me! Reported the scam to

I'm starting to get calls left on my machine stating my name then asking me if this is the person they stated then hangs up probably a scam to get you to say yes so they got you on tape agreeing to something

The credit card calls will never stop they have called us since 1994 .. I reported them for 6 years finally gave up. Firemans fund 7 years Help the blind 7 years. I even reported monthly to the state we live in . Donot call is a joke

Gotta a call this morning. Name JM Kingston calls himself Michael Carr. He is from Jamaica. The phone number is 876-490-0435. He is a scammer. He says he is from Publisher's Clearing House. He said all I needed to do is send 935.99. I laughed. He then said he was broke and could I send him 100 dollars for him and his two dogs because he was hungry. I hung up.

(347) 687-6137 claims to be an investigator for the IRS.

I got scammed by someone posing as the IRS calling from a DC number. I'm a student at UT Austin. They must have gotten all my info off the directory. They called and said I didn't file a tax from (i looked it up while on the call and it was a real thing) and that now I owed them $2,000 and the police were on there way to get me and if i were to get calls not to answer b/c they were going to arrest me. They literally had someone else calling me on a blacked number posing as the police. They kept me scared, running around trying to make it right. I didn't have a working CC at the time so I took out $2,000 cash and had to get apple itunes gift cards from 7-11. I was a mess. I wish I read this info first.

These details would be useful to law enforcement. Please report this to the FTC at The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Husband just had this one happen yesterday. The scammer actually made the caller ID on our cell phone read "Emergency Call" with a yellow background. That has GOT to be illegal technology. And then their multiple calls never showed on his received calls list! FTC should target whomever made that technology available and shut that down: it is downright dangerous that people can change their outgoing number to look like 911.

I use call block, they still call, different last 4 #'S.different block does not work a lot of times... What else to do?

I've received calls from "the irs". They threatened to send the sheriff to my house. I said,"Oh would you please! Have him bring the paperwork on what you say I owe so I know what you're talking about. Thank you so much!" I never heard from them again.

Got an IM about a job I applied for. Contacted the company directly after I became suspicious. The real company quickly confirmed the scam. They used Google Hangout because the Company's Wifi was slow. Wasted 2 days going through the fake employment process

Wow, that stinks. Are the job boards being used for information-not to hire you? I have 100's of emails in spam. Have rec'd 5-20 calls a day since Dec 2015. Some help would be welcome. Thanks T-Mobile .

Beware of the calls that say you have just gotten a loan they tell you that you get the money, then they get your bank account information and deposit a check from a company that's real, but the check is not. And you end up owing the bank all that money back. Plus the chargers for the checks bouncing and other charges. They pull checks out of your account that have been deposited, and then alter them just enough so the bank doesn't catch it till it's to late for you. They lie and say there with advanced America. I've called for myself and found out that they just use there name because it's well Known. These scammers are foreigners who have accents from the middle East. So please be careful when dealing with anyone who trying to give you a loan and it sounds to good to be true.

My phone was spammed by the Greensboro Police Department and the Westerwood Neighborhood Association for months until they began discovering that every single number went to the FTC or was documented online per those #'s Pages that frustrate busy people; it's the entire Department aw

Now i have contract of agreement from Mandarin oriental hotel new York for bartender job and they communicated with me by gmail and I spoke with director of human resources Mr Steve on the phone but they wanted I have to pay 350 dollars for work permit application to finish my visa and the tickets and when I spoke with director of human resources I told him I don't want to lose my money because he told me you can confirm that from USA embassy but now I am in Dubai and it's closing in this days. I want to be safe what should I do?


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