Caller ID Spoofing Fraud Warning
Source: admin Release Time: 14:26:05 2018-09-16
VoIP phone services make it easy to sign up for multiple telephone numbers with little more than a credit card number. Because they’re so easy to get, they make an easy medium for telephone scams.By using multiple VoIP numbers and computer bots to make legions of robo-calls, scammers are using fake IRS voicemails to steal taxpayer money. How does the IRS Scam Work? A group of attackers signs up for multiple telephone numbers through a VoIP provider. Then, attackers record a message, such as this one, which was reported by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, a Federal Trade Commission attorney: “Hello, we have been trying to reach you. This call is officially a final notice from the IRS, Internal Revenue Service. The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you.” The message provides a callback number, usually different from the number on the recipient’s caller ID. Then, the attacker threatens the recipient with arrest, confiscation of a driver’s license, or deportation if the recipient doesn’t call the number. To make the voicemail sound more realistic, scammers sometimes give fake badge numbers and say the last four digits of the taxpayer’s Social Security number. Once they’ve created their recording, scammers use automated computer bots to call large numbers of taxpayers. When taxpayers answer their phones, they hear the recorded message. If taxpayers call the number back, scammers pressure them to pay a supposed outstanding tax bill, often by wire transfer or prepaid debit card. Furthermore, if scammers steal the innocent taxpayer’s credit or debit card information, they can use it to commit identity theft. If they get a Social Security number, they can use it to file for a fraudulent IRS refund. The best method to avoid potential scammers and harassing callers is to let calls from unknown numbers go to voicemail and then use a reverse phone lookup site or application, such as https://www.millionscall.com, to look up the number.