Have you been "spoofed?" - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Have you been "spoofed?"

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Reports are circulating that cell phone spoofing is happening more and more.  

Spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID. The idea is to hide the caller's identity.

A tourism specialist for Visit Jackson has people calling day and night on her business cell phone.  

The callers are thinking she called them about septic tanks, but when the victims called the number back and began asking questions, the spoofer would hang up.

In reality, it was a stranger masquerading as Yolanda Clay-Moore.

"Some company has been using my number they are calling potential clients," Moore said. "I assume trying to sell septic systems or something affiliated with that."

According to the FCC, spoofers use other people's Caller ID's and pretend to be representatives of banks, creditors, insurance companies, even the government.  

Phone spoofing is illegal.

The FCC says you may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed.  

They suggest you be careful about responding to any request for personal identifying information.

You can change your cell phone number to stop the problem and file a complaint with the FCC.

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