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Beware Of 'Spoofing'


Last updated 3/18/2019 at 2:44pm

Regarding the article on “Frustrating Robocalls,” readers should be aware that another technique telemarketers use is “spoofing,” in which they disguise their phone numbers to increase the chances that people will answer their calls. A telemarketer can hide under the name and phone number of an actual resident living in the same area as the person the telemarketer is trying to contact.

I have repeatedly received calls from at least a half dozen local residents I do not know. Fortunately, I have a phone that keeps these robocalls from disturbing me.

I have also been told by two people that my name and number showed up on their answering machine when I did not call them. One of these people is a stranger.

According to the FCC, spoofing is only illegal if the intent is “to defraud, cause harm or wrongly obtain anything of value.” The FCC says there are some legitimate reasons to disguise a caller’s identity.

The FCC has a helpful consumer guide entitled “Caller ID Spoofing” for anyone who needs more information.

Judy Roberts



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