Don’t Get Spoofed! Caller ID Trick to Steal Your Identity

April 14, 2009

A new identity theft scam is giving crooks a way to scam you out of your money.  Beware of “spoofing.”  It’s a technology trick that lets a caller change the name and number displayed on your caller ID.  Some con artists have recently been putting it to a pretty dirty use.  They’re using “spoofing” to call victims, claiming that it’s their bank.  People who bite give up sensitive details, giving the crook access to their bank account.  ABC News Consumer Reporter Elizabeth Leamy did a great piece explaining the problem.  Click the video above to see how it works or below to read more.  And remember:  Don’t get spoofed!

Here are some tips to protect yourself against spoofing:

  • First and foremost, never give out financial information over the phone unless you initiated the call.
  • Keep in mind that your bank already knows your account number, etc., so would not be asking for it.
  • Be wary of callers who ask for “confirmation” of personal information, such as social security numbers, credit card numbers and credit card security codes.

Click here to read more tips.