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Phone scam spoofs your own number

Scammers hope your own number showing on caller ID piques your interest. (Source: WAFF file) Scammers hope your own number showing on caller ID piques your interest. (Source: WAFF file)

Your phone rings...

You look at the caller ID and recognize the number... not because it's a call from a friend or a family member, but because it is your own number!

Naturally, you are curious, so you answer it.

"But when you answer it, you get a recording from someone claiming they can help you lower the interest on your credit cards," said Michele Mason with the Better Business Bureau.

You will most likely be prompted to verify your credit card information. Scammers routinely pose as legitimate businesses, government organizations, or people you may know. They purchase lists of phone numbers and use spoofing technology to trick you - and what better way to pique your interest than posing as your own phone number?

Mason advises you to be careful if you see your own number come up. Obviously, the call is not coming from your own number. If anything else, by answering the call, you show that you answer the line, and your number could be sold off to other telemarketers. This could lead to you ultimately seeing an increase in calls.

If you receive such a call, the best thing to do is to ignore it. If you answer by mistake - hang up as soon as possible. Don't press any buttons, even if prompted. Do not give out financial information over the phone.

Remember - you can't always trust caller ID. Scammers have the technology to display any number or name on the screen.

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