Caller id spoofing allows the scammers that they are using local numbers, government numbers or a trusted business office. Many of the people fall for IRS scam, for which they get calls from their nearest police station or from the IRS numbers itself. There are a number of mobile phone calls scams which are taking place. A countless number of phone scams are happening in North America and all over the world.
Let’s go back to the history of caller id spoofing.
This spoof calls are started way back around in 2000’s where the people used to calls with the other well known numbers to draw money from the customers. This is actually conducted as a business scams, they call you to tell about some lottery winning or some gold winning and they ask some amount to pay beforehand. In the starting of 2000’s, the free spoof calls software has its birth. The main aim of this design is to have protection for the people’s identity and then it turned to prank calls by friends and then it totally turned to a criminal act.
It was noted that Paris Hilton used this technique of caller id spoofing to hack into the voicemail and phone of Lindsay Lohan in the mid aught. And from them on-wards this prank starting software has turned itself to malicious software. Back in those days, people tracked the phone calls and voice mails of the celebrities but as of now, people are trying to take money from the innocent. These days free spoof calls are used to call people with the robot caller numbers and fooling them.
How can one cheat other by using free spoof calls?
People use this technique of spoofing the calls by using the VoIP (which is called as Voice over Internet Protocol service) and PBX (Private Bank Exchange) communication system software as Asterisk. Voice over Internet Protocol service is a phone service by using the internet; it converts the analog phone signal to digital phone signal which then allows sending over the internet. It is the very low cost service which one can get, so this process is most happening to be the scams all over the world when we compare to that of traditional and normal telephone services.
On the other hand, Private Bank Exchange is a private lines of a company. The PBX software will allow people to arrange the inside phone line of the company and one can control how the outgoing calls appear with some add on features to it. With some minor loop holes one can change the outgoing number of the company to look like which causes the caller id name to be incorrect.
There are a number of other companies which offer this type of spoofing services; one well known company which gives the services with very lost is Spoof Card. For a very low cost, one can change their mobile number displaying on the others, and can also change their voice to male to female or vice versa.
Acts that are taken to stop this Free Spoof calls.
The main thought of the free spoof calls is not illegal unless it is used to fraud someone or damage the level or destroy them. US government has a passed an act in 2009 which is against the caller id spoofing that is Truth in Caller ID act, which made this caller id spoofing an illegal act when a person or a company tries to fool the people with unknown and unwanted lotteries. If anyone who tries to mislead their caller id for the purpose of harm, fraud or to obtain anything that has value will be tagged as violated and needs to pay a $10,000 penalty.
However, one will get unwanted calls or spoof calls even if there are many acts and rules for this type of illegal activities, even the highest penalty can’t stop these cheap activities because this free spoof calls is very hard to trace out.
What safe measure you can take to protect being fooled by caller id spoofing?
The best way to divert or avoid the scammer phone calls and harassing callers is to let the unknown numbers be sent to voice mail and then you should reverse the phone look up by using smart applications like Caller Smart, to have a look on the number.
Many of the hackers use a company’s or a person phone number to harass people, that becomes a nightmare for the people. Few of the customers call to the company are other number or the same numbers and complain for these types of harassing calls.
Here are two examples we display among most of other spoofing examples.
(315)218-0123: We have called you from the so and So Company that we offer business loans with non collateral. [Obviously this could be a loan offer with interest rate to be more or a scam that can take most of your money. You need to check the number and block the number for future purpose.]
(646)768-9055: They call for several times and leave no texts.
When you think a number which you got a call, is a suspect or a scam, then do some of the following things to avoid to get fooled:
- If the machine speaks to you on the phone, then don’t go to DND list for blocking the number as that increases the chances of more numbers and more nuisances you will receive. These are placed in the criminal lists and they don’t worry about the DND list.
- But if in a case, a real person starts speaking, do not provide any personal data to them. Tell them you are not free now and ask their name and company they are from, and the phone number to call back at. The caller id cannot be trusted.
- After the completion of the call, do call back to the number of the company to cross verify with the company that did they called you right now?
- Do remember if the caller you are talking to, has called you, are with IRS then he is a cheat, they don’t contact you over phone.