Scammers put new twist on caller ID spoofing
It's a bizarre look Fowler resident Ashley Gronewold recently gave her phone.
She was shocked when her own number came up on screen.
When she picked up, an automated system answered the phone.
"Verify through AT&T the last four digits of my social security number," Gronewold said.
There's only one problem.
"I don't have AT&T," Gronewold explained.
The same goes for Kelly Seifert.
She got a call on her work phone at First Banker's Trust.
"Hi, this is so and so calling, you've won a trip and I'm like 'what'," Seifert mentioned.
Seifert said she also received an automated voicemail asking for personal information.
"Pause and she's like 'I didn't understand your response' and says 'I still didn't understand and about after the third time she hung up'," Seifert pointed out.
Mara Clingingsmith is the Quincy Regional Manager for the Better Business Bureau.
"They are illegal scammers who are spoofing," Clingingsmith explained.
She mentioned scammers are posing as someone else using unsolicited and unwarranted calls.
"This new twist we are getting reports on right now is that it's from AT&T or some company asking for and their asking for their social security number," Clingingsmith said.
She pointed out you should report these spoofing calls to the Federal Trade Commission.
You can even enroll in the government do not call list.
She explained one method she recommends best.
"Can I get your information and I'm like no," Seifert said.