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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-29-2006, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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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."
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-29-2006, 08:49 AM
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People will do anything to scam a buck. Thanks for the warning!
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Yeah that sucks but doesn't effect me too much cause all I use is my cell. It only shows numbers and i'm everytime its a phone number that is not in my phone book.




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technology baby... good for when its used for good but bad when its used for bad...right yeah...

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technology baby... good for when its used for good but bad when its used for bad...right yeah...

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