SCAMMERS USING “ID SPOOFING” TO TRY TO GET PERSONAL DATA
ID Spoofing deceives consumers into unwittingly answering a phone call that they might not normally answer. Scammers can use ID Spoofing to gain access to consumers’ valuable personal information and financial data
After disguising their real numbers, scammers can cause a consumer’s own phone number (or the phone number of a loved one) to appear on your phone’s Caller ID. When an unsuspecting consumer answers the phone, the scammers will then attempt to defraud consumers with a host of schemes (card services scams, medical alert device scams, among others) all designed to cheat consumers.
-Don’t answer the phone if your number shows up on your phone’s Caller ID.
-Don’t attempt to call the number back, and do not press any buttons if prompted.
-If you do answer the call, don’t give out your personal or financial information. Never give your personal information over the phone to someone you don’t know.
-If you lost money on a scam as a result of ID Spoofing, immediately report the theft to your local police or sheriff’s department.