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Why you can no longer trust Caller ID

Don't believe everything you read.

May 28, 2019

Caller ID is a nice way to see if a friend or family member is calling, but you can't trust it anymore.

Crooks can trick Caller ID, making it display any number they want – the IRS, Social Security, a bank, credit card company, even local police department. It's called "spoofing."

Clever con artists now practice what's called "neighborhood spoofing."

They make Caller ID show a number with a local area code, your local prefix or both. They know you are much more likely to answer the phone if you think it's from someone nearby.

So, you can look at caller ID before you pick up, just don't trust it.

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