What Is Spoofing and Are Others Using My Phone Number?

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"Spoofing" is when someone deliberately falsifies their caller ID display to disguise their identity. Scammers often use "neighbor spoofing" so it appears that an incoming call is coming from a local number, or spoof a number from a company or a government agency that you may already know and trust. 

You may receive calls from others claiming that your phone number called them. This generally means that someone falsified their caller ID when they called them so that it looked like the call was coming from your phone number.

Unfortunately, we can't do anything to prevent this or spoofing. If you think you've been the victim of a spoofing scam, you can file a complaint with the FCC.

Additional Notes

For more information about Spoofing, and the FCC's tips with this, please see the following FCC article Spoofing and Caller ID

To quote the FCC,"Usually scammers switch numbers frequently. It is likely that within hours they will no longer be using your number."


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