Phone Scam: Your Number Shows Up On Caller ID

Telemarketers and robocallers are a big pain, especially when they call during dinner time. So, nowadays most people have caller ID so they can see who is calling and if they want to pick up.

Unfortunately, those callers have found a new way around caller ID.

     Couldn’t Believe Who Was Calling

Robin Gilbert was working on her needlepoint recently, when her phone rang. “I went to see the caller ID to see if I was going to answer it,” she explained. “And, lo and behold, it was me calling, exactly how it shows up in the white pages in the phone book!”

Yes, the caller ID showed her name, and her number. Was she calling herself from the future? No, of course not.

“I answered it with a ‘Hello, who is this?’ And it was one of those stupid robocalls,” she said.

     Widespread Scam

This is a new scam known as caller ID “spoofing,” but there’s nothing funny about this spoof.

“I’m curious as to where they got it and how they got it to show up on my home phone,” Gilbert said.

But it’s easy to do. Unscrupulous telemarketers can now buy devices and smartphone apps that will change the number that shows up.

The Better Business Bureau says the newest spoofing devices let the marketers display the exact number they are calling, in other words, your number.

Spoofing is legal. It’s used legitimately by private eyes, lawyers, and people trying to catch a spouse cheating.

But scammers are going to town with these, even pretending to be President Obama calling from the White House just to get you to answer.

Robin would like the president to have it outlawed.

    What You Can Do

The easiest way to avoid getting these calls is to not pick up unknown numbers.

If you can find out who is calling (for instance, if they give you a number to call back), report that number to the do not call list complaint hotline.

3 comments

  • Popaw

    I have had this call also. I just found out thru the software I have used for several years (CallClerk), can solve this problem by blocking my own number. I can’t call my own number, I just get a busy signal. After their customer service advised me that I am only blocking my number this way from myself. If anyone calls my number their supposed name and number appears. Therefore when my CallClerk software reads my own name and number it blocks it. Problem solved. This software blocks an unlimited amount of numbers and it also has Black List and White List that numbers can be added to that is unlimited also. Just download the software free, hook your phone line to your computer and begin blocking unwanted calls. If you like the program then you can purchase it for 35.00. Customer Service is prompt and courteous. Can’t loose.

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