Be Aware of Spoofing
Caller ID spoofing is a service that allows a caller to masquerade as someone else by falsifying the number that appears on the recipient’s caller ID display. Just as e-mail spoofing can make it appear that a message came from any e-mail address the sender chooses, caller ID spoofing can make a call appear to come from any phone number the caller wishes. Caller ID spoofing is provided as a service by a number of vendors. Here’s one example of how it works: A customer pays in advance for a certain number of calling minutes. To set up a call, the customer opens a Web form and enters their phone number, the recipient’s phone number, and the number chosen to appear on the recipient’s caller display. The service then patches the call through between the caller and recipient phones as stipulated. Some other services involve having the
caller dial a number to access the service and then dial the phone numbers. Frequently, caller ID spoofing is used for prank calls. For example, someone might call a friend and arrange for “The White House” to appear on the recipient’s caller display. However, according to Lance James, chief technology officer (CTO) of Secure Science Corp., criminal uses of caller ID spoofing, such as identity theft and vishing (voice phishing), have also increased significantly. This service is sometimes used by telemarketers. To read more about caller ID spoofing - Google: call id spoofing.
Coalfields Telephone would like to make our customers aware that this could happen to you and be vigilant when it occurs. Do not give out any personal information that may result in identity theft.