Con­sumer di­vi­sion warns about ‘spoof­ing’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

Caller ID al­lows peo­ple to iden­tify a caller be­fore an­swer­ing the phone, but the ser­vice is sus­cep­ti­ble to fraud, ac­cord­ing to the Ul­ster County dis­trict at­tor­ney’s Di­vi­sion of Con­sumer Af­fairs.

Us­ing a prac­tice known as “spoof­ing”, callers can de­lib­er­ately fal­sify the num­ber and/or name re­layed as the Caller ID in­for­ma­tion to dis­guise the iden­tity of the call­ing party.

Con­sumer Af­fairs sug­gests the fol­low­ing:

• Don’t give out per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in re­sponse to an in­com­ing call. Iden­tity thieves of­ten pose as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of banks, credit card com­pa­nies, util­i­ties, cred­i­tors or gov­ern­ment agencies, such as the IRS, to get peo­ple to re­veal per­sonal fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion.

• If some­one gets an in­quiry from a com­pany or gov­ern­ment agency seek­ing such in­for­ma­tion, don’t pro­vide it.

• To file a com­plaint, call 1-888-CALL-FCC or go to www.fcc.gov/com­plaints.

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