As a consumer it is important to know what Spoofing is and how being aware of it can help from being a victim of a phone scam. According to the Federal Communications Commission, “Spoofing occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity.”
Callers can manipulate the caller ID in an effort to obtain personal information by masquerading as representatives such as banks, creditors or law enforcement. Due to this, consumers are reminded to never give out personal information such as account numbers, social security numbers, passwords or other private information.
According to the FCC, under the Truth in Caller ID Act, rules prohibit any person or entity from transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value.
Anyone who is illegally spoofing can face penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation.
Anyone who wishes to report a spoofing incident can do so by filing a complaint with the FCC.