What is Caller ID Spoofing?
Caller ID spoofing is the practice of causing the telephone network to indicate to the receiver of a call that the originator of the call is a station other than the true originating station. This can lead to a caller ID display showing a phone number different from that of the telephone from which the call was placed. The term is commonly used to describe situations in which the motivation is considered malicious by the originator.
What is the FCC doing to combat Caller ID Spoofing?
The recently introduced TRACED Act required the FCC to mandate the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID framework which enables phone companies to verify that the caller ID information transmitted with a call matches the caller’s real phone number. This is to help cut down on spam and fraudulent calls. Please visit https://www.fcc.gov/TRACEDAct to learn more.
How do you recommend stopping Spoofing?
Until the FCC is able to fully crack down on spoofing, at this time the best defense against call spoofing is education. We recommend educating yourself on call spoofing prevention; educational material can be found @ https://www.fcc.gov/spoofing.
To learn more about call spoofing please visit the FCC’s website at https://fcc.gov.