Several consumers have recently reported receiving credit card or other types of scam calls into their home or cell phones where the number was spoofed to either appear local, or in several cases, the actual number of the person being called.
Thursday and Friday, BBB received several reports of spoofing from concerned residents reporting that they actually received scam calls on their home phones from their own number.
The scam callers usually offer to help lower credit card debt but sometimes claim to be the IRS demanding payment for delinquent taxes.
BBB offers the following tips to protect yourself from this scam:
Anyone wishing to stop annoying calls can register their cell and home numbers with the Do Not Call Registry, operated by the FTC. The service is available online at www.donotcall.gov or call (888) 382-1222. The Do Not Call Registry, unfortunately, will only remove your phone number from the lists of legitimate, legal businesses, not scammers operating outside of the law.
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