Saturday, November 18, 2017

Don't answer calls from your own phone number

MIAMI - Your curiosity may be piqued, but when receiving a call from what appears to be your own phone number, officials are urging users not to answer.

The scam, called spoofing, involves a call from the customer's number and someone on the other end claiming they are calling to say their account has been flagged for security.

WFTV reports the person usually asks the victim for the last four digits of their Social Security number.

The scam has already targeted wireless users of both AT&T and Verizon.

According to the report, legitimate carriers will never call and ask for personal information. KCBD says it is best to call back the official number listed for the business, and not the one given to you over the phone.

Comments


The spam phone calls have been using this technique (i.e., appearing to be a call from my own number) around here since about a year ago. That's the same time they started to spoof phone numbers within my area code/exchange trying to make it appear as if someone local is trying to call me.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-18 04:01 PM

I can't believe people still fall for giving out info like that. How many times do they need to hear about it before they get it?

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-18 05:26 PM

I've received several calls from my own number but I haven't answered them, I figured it was some sort of scam.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-18 05:46 PM

#32 I posted it more for the folks that have elderly family/friends to share with them. I am past middle age but not yet elderly but I have never herd of this scam until I read the article.

#4 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2017-11-19 09:10 AM

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