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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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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.

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 www.spamtexts.com

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 ftc.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I use call block, they still call, different last 4 #'S.different names...call 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

When someone calls asking for "whoever---" just ask them to hold for a minute. But, do not go back and answer at all. After hearing the buzzer sounds of disconnection, hand up yourself. No one likes to "hold please". If someone really needs to talk to you seriously, they can leave a message.

I have info from a hacker out no where and he and didn't not see a name or location it was out Nigeria and he has my info and sold my ideniftiy and I should never has give out my info like ssn or credit card n address or bank acct I was dumb and been scam I should never do online in first place how can I get stop these imposter using my name or other person name

If a hacker has your credit card and bank account number, you can call your credit card company and bank and tell them what happened. Ask them how to protect your account.

A hacker can use your Social Security number for identity theft.  You can look for clues to see what he is doing with your identity. Read this list of clues. If you see problems with bills or insurance becuase of identity theft, call the FTC for identity theft help at 1-877-438-4338.

I have received calls from my own phone number on the many different devices I have had to purchase in the last 2 years.

Add 330-222-3110 to the list of number from which the call emanates and 800-959-4319 for the call back number

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