Scammers can fake caller ID info

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.

Comments

I've had fake calls call me and scamming emails as well.

My neighbor has had her own phone number spoofed in fraudulent calls to her. She is dropping wireless phone as a result, though partly its because she has been hacked and/or a phony tech came and connected her phone so it goes thru his server instead of the phone company's. I wish the phone companies could do more to stop this type of spoofing.

They can spoof landline #s as well ... it's no longer analog and all digital/VOIP. It's depressing ... as if you don't answer any phone they calls will eventually go away as they think it's a bad number ... but if you answer once they know it's a good # and will call and call and call and sell and sell and sell your # to anyone that wants it.

HOW CAN WE KNOW IF WE HAVE BEEN SPOOFED???iI HATE ALL THESE CALLS SOMETIMES A FRIEND OR FAMILY CALLS FROM A CALLING CARD OR UNKNOWN NUMBER SO I HAVE TO ANSWER..THE DO NOT CALL LIST DOES NOT WORK

Shirley, Get an answering machine and screen ALL calls! Tell your friends and family that this is what you will be doing. Any legit caller should have no problem leaving a message and you can pick up when they say hello. Most of the robocalls and spoofed #'s don't leave any message, they are 'fishing' for a live number. The ones that do leave a message, like lowering your mortgage rate, you can delete. Just remember once you pick up one of these calls you have just confirmed to their system that your number is good and the calls will continue!

We now have to deal with robo calls because we choose to use an answering service through our landline provider. I was told after getting dozens of calls from a Sears number that the computer dials the numbers and if it is answered they will call, call, call forever. How do we get around this problem other than not using our message service? We have two adult daughters with potentially life threatening conditions, and need to be able to hear a message if something goes wrong with one of them. I lost my twin brother last July two days before our birthday. I screen phone calls of numbers I do not recognize or that have no name with them. It took forever for someone to notify me due to all the calls we get that we do not answer. We need to find a way to make this stop.

Hi Ravy i have had problems from the Spook Caller as much as 11 times even i have installed caller baring phone from panasonic landline phones try that and you can fild whos calling.This is mylast straw another call i would give OBSENE sxolding from me. Regds

I changed my greeting to say that I don't answer numbers that I don't recognize, and don't call back if no message is left identifying the caller. If you want me to call back, leave a message.
I block all numbers that don't identify themselves.

914-825-4391 is spoofed number that is hacking people cell phones by sending some links.

Do not answer the phone. Period!!!

All the call scams I receive, about 7-10 calls a day, come through my home's land line. And YES, I am signed up with the "Do not Call Registry"!

That happens a lot, it's happened to us several times. Why they think you'd actually do business with someone who spoofs your OWN number is anybody's guess. But then, no one ever said criminals are intelligent.

When I had a landline I use to receive calls from my own phone all the time.Was scammer everytime and I knew it was so I started answering in Pig Latin.Made them angry.

Thank you ... you just gave me more information ... I finally have paper proof I had been hacked. My cell could be off with battery taken off and suddenly I see other cell ringing with my primary line.

The below listed phone numbers are the latest known phone numbers to be in use by the IRS Impersonation Scam suspects: (202) 239-1939 (202) 239-2883 (202) 239-8820 (202) 506-9122 (202) 600-9696 (202) 792-8931 (202) 836-9550 (209) 729-3815 (305) 602-3108 (347) 418-0597 (404) 857-1987 (408) 418-0072 (415) 363-0183 (626) 739-3024 (646) 680-0873 (650) 720-8573 (703) 239-6351 (718) 354-8929 (844) 395-7940 (844) 395-7947 (973) 206-4150 (202) 704-3264 (516) 204-0213 (607) 304-3136

Add this number to the list (202) 316-0833. Received a call today and knew it was a scam. Please, DO NOT call them back and give them your name and personal information!!

Add this number got a a call today 469-314-8112

add this number to 1-414-950-7300

add this number as well 206-472-6290. Just received a call on my office phone claiming I was involved in tax fraud. I was to call the number back to avoid being arrested.

Received a scam call this morning from 206-472-6290 with a robo call message from a Ms Scott claiming that this was a final notice from the Dept. of United States Treasury concerning a tax filed against me. Message stated to call their hot line number before this goes to federal claims court or you get arrested. Knew this was a scam since I owe no taxes. I did not respond to the call but wanted to report this offence. Their hotline number was the same number that appeared in the call ID 206-472-6290 .What should I do?

Received the same type of call today: 202-864-0117 / I also did not answer and reported immedietley to TIGA and FTC.

I rec'd a call on Sunday from 845-363-5386 saying the exact same thing and it was a robot message from Brianna Scott from the US Treasury. I didn't call back, knew it was fraud.

I received two calls in the last 2 days of a person impersonating a police officer n saying they worked for the dept of u.s.treasury and n saying I owed tax which is a lie I told them I was gonna report them n it was a scam immediately hung up add this number to the list#1-410-216-0473,also+1-919-355-5841

Please add: 202-506-9026 and 202-506-8335 to the list.

We use nomorobo.com
It really works!!!

It works very well on my VoIP phone

nomorobo.com

scam number 201 448 9281

add this # 213-289-3862

The IRS doesn't make phone calls.Instead they send you a bill through the US Mail !!!! Then they try to work a deal as to where you can back the debt. This is a complete and a total scam don't fall for it .I didn't

Then why are we required to provide our ph# on our tax returns? Is there a way to avoid giving this info to the IRS?

Yes. Do not enter your phone number if you do not want to. That is not a deal breaker for the IRS. The IRS will usually send you a letter if they want to contact you. Then you may get a follow up call if they need to talk to you. Normally that's to set up an appointment to meet with you in cases such as audits. They will not threaten you unless you have ignored their letters of payment or missing a scheduled meeting.

I Just Got Called -Saying They Were IRS & I Have A Case Against Me.Lol

I'm pretty sure that almost everyone has gotten those same calls. I know I have, LOL.

Someone just called me and I recognize that number from somewhere but I never answered then it was a male saying he was from a corporations idk and he said if anyone who is 17 uses my phone and I said no (I'm 13 ) and he asked me if my parents used my phone and that's it , it was a weird call idk what it was

202-394-7532 two calls today...

Got one today from (202) 704-4485 Said they were the IRS
Don't believe it!!!!

970-209-9015 add this one to the list...

Add this 716-224.-2527. Today got a voice message. Said they were IRS and filing a lawsuit against me! Knew it was a scam but frustrated they continue to do this.

I received the same voicemail yesterday evening from +1 (719) 217-5837 - Colorado Springs, CO. I immediately googled the scam after listening to the voicemail because I have already filled and paid my taxes this year. I'm so glad others are reporting this issue as it may hopefully prevent someone from getting scammed.

add these two numbers to the IRS scam 804-661-2173 and 206-494-0741. received multiple calls today alone

IRS scam add 213-141-5163. They said they are bringing a lawsuit against me. Asking to call 347-637-6194.

Can't they stop these people? Such a shame.

4026013486 this number contacted me and a automated voice stated to call the number immediately because the IRS has a lawsuit against me. I almost believed it for a second,then said to myself, The IRS doesn't work that way. That's a shame that nothing can be done about this!!!

I received the same call as well. Had me scared to the point of calling someone for advice!

Yeah, same call same voicemail to me the next day...

There was a recording on our phone on May 14th using the same numbers. we've gotten fake IRS calls before, but this person sounded older and less polished--I had to listen twice before I could figure out all of the digits of the number to call. Maybe he's a relative newcomer to this fraud and that might make him easier to catch.

Add this number. 347-518-1046

add this number to your list (202)552-8622 just received a scam call claiming they are with the department of treasury - office of steve parker IRS

Here is another phone number for the IRS scam : 1-206-775-8307. I tried to post a complaint on the white pages, but it says no such number exists, so the scammer is also faking caller ID's. Great. We can't rely on the gov't for everything; the phone companies should try to fix this, too.

Add 360-208-0783 - man called my 85 y/o mother claiming to be IRS (from South Bend, Washington)and scared her enough that I wish he could sit in jail the rest of his life.

He told her she owed $11,000 and that if she didn't pay she would be arrested. They told her to go to a location (in or near a Walgreens store) and bring a debit card to make a "good faith" payment of $500.00. Thank goodness my mother gave no information to him. I researched the number and saw it is connected with numerous scams.

I blocked my number and called it. Sure enough they answer (in a thick foreign accent) as Internal Revenue Service. I had the IRS FAQ page up regarding this type scam, where they clearly state they will never do what this caller did. He answered I said "are you aware that"...and read the IRS warning about people like him. Further,they would send certified letter first and would also never have you go somewhere to make a payment, or send money order, check, etc. Then when my mom told them to send her something in the mail and then she will determine what needs to be done. He then threatened that if she did not pay within 30 min. police would come to arrest her. Of course no police showed up. I reported this to FTC and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

I had that same call a couple weeks ago. I knew it was a scam. I let them believe I was scared. I got a lot of info from them. Then reported it.

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