Another one to watch out for
Consumer Alert: Caller ID Spoofing
Caller I-D isn't the trusted call-screening feature it used to be. In fact, the service is now being exploited by identity thieves through a new trend called "spoofing."
According to National Fraud Specialist Sgt. James Lackey, "There are ways you can make their caller ID display any number you like so they don't know who's really calling."
That way the criminals can convince the person they're calling they're trustworthy-- from a charity or something similar, so as to get financial and personal information. The biggest trend with this, callers posing as court officials. And, it's not complicated or expensive to pull off.
It turns out that there are actually a number of companies that specialize in this service. One of them? Spoofcard.com. It, for instance, sells calling cards for as little as ten dollars for sixty minutes of talk time. It will even change the voice. All the person has to do is call the toll-free number, enter a pin, and then the desired caller ID and number they want to call.
The faux caller ID is also problematic for credit card security that requires one to call from a home phone to activate an account.
Sgt. Lackey explains, "If anybody intercepts that mail, that now gives them a way that they can call to activate that credit card and the credit card company thinks they're calling from your house."