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Posted on November 7, 2019 at 11:24 AM by Craig Johnson
“What’s New in County 22?”
This month in my article, I would like to talk about “spoofing” and robocalls. I have been receiving at least five or more phone calls a day on my cell phone from telemarketers lately. The phone number that comes up is a local cell phone number. I answer it because I am the sheriff and it may be a Clayton County resident calling to ask me a question. When I answer, it tells me I can lower my interest rate or my warranty is running out on my vehicle. This is called “Spoofing”.
Spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your 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 a spoof number from a company or a government agency that you may already know and trust. If you answer, they use scam scripts to try to steal your money or valuable personal information, which can be used in fraudulent activity. I recently did have a resident call me and stated he received a missed phone call from me. I did not call the resident and presume it was spoofing as well. Here is some information from the Federal Communications Commission:
You may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed. Be extremely careful about responding to any request for personal identifying information.
And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by to see me.
Thanks and be safe,
Sheriff Mike Tschirgi