Don’t Get Spoofed (Also, Why Curses Aren’t the Best Response to Getting a Call From a Scammer)
Did you just recently get a weird phone call from your own number?
Most likely what happened is the caller ID is being switched to that of another phone number–sometimes just that of someone in your area or, occasionally, to your own phone number. This is called spoofing.
In the last few days, multiple people in the Emerald Counties and beyond are getting calls that show the ID of the person being called. When the person called answers, a voice recording, purportedly from AT&T, requests the last four digits of their social security number on the pretext of dealing with a problem with their service.
Scammers use the ID of the person being called hoping curiosity will make their intended victim pick up the phone.
The Marin County Sheriff has issued a warning about this in the Facebook post embedded below.
This reporter has received two such calls. An attempt at entering a curse word in response was abruptly broken off when the first entry, a number “3”, was pushed.
According to this Federal Trade Commission advice, the best suggestion is to not answer the phone at all as this can lead to more calls. Sigh, we knew our mother would not approve of us responding with swear words. Now we find out that the Federal Trade Commission thinks we are idiots, too.