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November 01, 2012 - FAKE CALLER ID NUMBERS -- November 2012

   Con artists are getting more knowledgeable in the field of advanced technology. A trend that is becoming more prevalent today, especially in illegal telemarketing, is known as “CALLER ID SPOOFING”.

  What this means is that a con artist will make a FAKE telephone number appear on your caller ID  system. For example, you’ll see a number displayed on your caller ID system that looks exactly like it’s from your bank, credit card company, or the Police Department. But, BE CAREFUL WITH ALL INCOMING calls, especially ones that ask you to give up personal information, pay a fee, pay fines, or make you feel intimidated in any way. The “SPOOFERS” as we call them, could be using phony caller ID numbers to get this personal information or money out of you. You’re probably asking: “How and where do these scammers find the telephone numbers to spoof a caller ID system?”

  The answer is this: They’re getting telephone numbers from the internet by working with legal online services. The scammer pays for a PIN number and then receives a specific telephone number from the online service to process that PIN number. Once he calls this telephone number, he enters the PIN number, follows all voice commands to enter the telephone number he wishes to call AND the fake number he wishes to appear on YOUR caller ID system, and now YOU HAVE A SPOOFED CALL. So, what can we do to prevent this?

    1. DON’T BELIEVE everything you see on your caller ID. Let them leave a message on your answering machine. Then, research and verify all information especially if they’re asking to get something from you.

    2. NEVER give out any personal information over the phone to ANYONE YOU DON’T PERSONALLY KNOW who has CALLED YOU or left a message on your answering machine.

    3. If there are any doubts in your mind, look for the company in your telephone book and make a call to that company directly from the number you see in the book. If it’s your bank, make a personal appearance to question the call you received.

From the desk of Officer Jane Constant
Senior Relations Division
Nashua Police Department

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