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What's Happening with Caller ID Fraud
Caller ID is a great feature. It can help you avoid answering a telemarketing call during dinner. You can employ it to duck communications from your mother-in-law. And it can enable you to be mentally prepared if you see the incoming call is coming from a client, your ex, or the high school principal.
But now scammers are messing with Caller ID. They’re using nefarious means to make it look as if they’re calling from places like banks and local police stations. And sometimes that enables them to trick unwitting individuals into sharing their personal information and assets.
The Federal Trade Commission in a May 2016 blog warned consumers of this kind of thing. And it told them not to rely on Caller ID to verify the authenticity of the caller. It went on to advise people to hang up if they get “a strange call from the government.” And it said not to provide or confirm personal or financial information to callers, and not to send or wire money to them.
Caller ID spoofing is problem in other parts of the world as well. A Bangkok Post story earlier this month reports that “call centre gangs” are using it to trick victims. And it adds that telecom service providers have been instructed to block 50 numbers being used by the gangs make VoIP calls from the messaging app Line and use software to hide their original Caller ID and instead display other numbers.This blocking effort is the work of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, after it mean recently with the Royal Thai Police, the Anti-Money Laundering Office, commercial banks, and six telecom operators. The effected telcos reportedly include Advanced Info Service, CAT Telecom, TOT, Total Access Communication, True Move, and Triple T Broadband.
Edited by Mandi Nowitz