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    What is Caller ID spoofing?

    What is a caller ID? This is the information displayed on your phone during the call. However, this information is not always true.

    Caller ID spoofing indicates the process of changing the caller ID to a different number than the real call number.

    Scammers are using this method to display any number or name they would like. They are imitating numbers of trusted local companies or government agencies to seem credible.

    For example:

    (1.) Your phone displays a call from your bank. The caller says he is an employee of your house bank. Since you have read this information on your phone, you are more inclined to trust him.

    (2.) You would not answer a call from an unknown number. But the Caller ID shows you an area code from your district and therefore you answer the call.

    By spoofing a Caller ID calls can be made from everywhere in the world.


    Protect yourself from Caller ID spoofing:

    • Do not trust every displayed caller ID.
    • Search the number on the Internet (e.g. and look for fraud warnings.
    • Never give out your credit card or banking information to anyone who calles you.
    • If you are interested in a product or service: Use a known published number of the company for calling back.

    Check our Latest News and Current practices of scammers or read more about check-caller in our forums!

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