Scammers Impersonate Police with Spoofed Caller ID

10/22/2013

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The phone rings. Caller ID says the number is the local sheriff’s office, so you answer. The “sheriff” tells you there’s a warrant out for your arrest. But you can pay a fine in order to avoid criminal charges. Of course, these “police” don’t take credit cards; only a money order or pre-paid debit card will do.

What’s going on here? Scammers are using a computer program that changes the number recipients see on their caller ID. This is known as spoofing. The scam is popping up all around the country, with scammers spoofing different numbers depending on the victim’s location.

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