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Phone Spoofing Is on the Rise

April 15, 2022 3:36 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Wait! My phone is calling, and it’s showing my phone number. How can that be? Oh, oh, it sounds like you are experiencing phone spam. Phone spoofing is on the rise again. Phone spoofing? What is that, you may ask? Let’s look at this together.

What is phone spoofing?

According to Verizon, that incoming call coming in on your cell phone may be falsified. You think it is from a caller you know, but it may be a scammer. They may even use your own phone number and have it appear on your caller ID display.
In addition, if you answer, that unscrupulous person on the other end may use social engineering tactics to get money or additional valuable information.

In addition, if you answer, that unscrupulous person on the other end may use social engineering tactics to get money or additional valuable information. The things they employ could be as easy as asking you to push a button or asking for your social security number. Verge has relayed in an article that Verizon knows that phone spoofing is on the rise. Not only is Verizon trying to put in place a fix for having your phone number be able to be spoofed, but they are also working with US law enforcement to identify and stop the source of this fraudulent activity.

What can you do?

One thing you can do to prevent scammers from using your phone number is to stop sharing your phone number!

Additionally, how many forms do you fill out online during a week? Did you know that many telemarketers and other junk calls get your number from third-party providers? Where do those providers get your contact information? Gasp – from forms that you fill out online.

How many forms do you fill out online during a week? Did you know that many telemarketers and other junk calls get your number from third-party providers? Where do those providers get your contact information? Gasp – from forms that you fill out online. We shared with you last year that scam calls are on the rise. We highly recommend that you not share your phone number on online forms.

Other steps you can take.

HP shared some additional steps you can take. I show them below.

Section 1

1. Encourage callbacks to block your number – If someone receives a spoofed call from your number, they may call back to follow up. If this happens, encourage the caller to block your number immediately.

2. Install an anti-spoofing app on your smartphone

3. See if your phone service provider offers protection.

4. Use caller ID blocking when possible.

5. File a complaint with the FCC

Section 2

In any event, there are additional steps you can take to protect yourself against fraud.

1. Don’t answer unknown calls, even if they are local.
2. Trust your gut feeling. If you feel suspicious, hang up.
3. Don’t provide information to callers.
4. Don’t fall for the “I’ve got a gift for you,” especially if you have to pay for it.
5. Move slowly if you’re suspicious. Don’t let yourself be pushed around.

Summary

Phone spoofing is on the rise. No one is going to do it for you. You need to protect yourself. The information above explained what phone spoofing is, what you need to do right now that involves your phone number, and two sections of steps you can take to protect yourself against phone spoofing.

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