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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.

Tagged with: imposter, scam

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That could be a scam. If someone wants you to pay before you get a job, it could be a trick. They might not really work for the hotel. They might use a fake gmail account. To be safe, use the internet yourself and find the address and email for the hotel.

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

got a call from Niagara Falls which I didn't answer. They were brazen enough to leave the following voicemail: "Will be taken under custody by the local police as there are four serious allegations pressed on your name at this moment we would request you to get back to us so that we can discuss about this case before taking any legal action against you the number to reach us is 716-513-93XX"

I refuse to answer call from those I don't know. Good protection indeed.

(805)900-0639 same story different grant. These people are truly garbage human beings. I honestly don't think less of anyone who fell for this bs as we are all wishful thinkers and we could all use extra cash right? Essentially anytime someone mentions sending money via western union, it's a load of crap. Someone tried to pull the same thing when I was looking to rent a room. If it's too good to be true, unfortunately it usually is.

Thank you VERY MUCH for some tips on keeping from getting scammed.

I received a call, which I didn’t pick up, as CID said it was Gus Grissom the deceased astronaut.

I was receiving calls from a jail. It was a third party call and if I answered I would end up paying for the prisoner's call. i kept hanging up but every day at a certain time i would get the same call. i finally called the jail and complained. The calls have stopped.

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