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By Rick Boston
Staff Writer 

Officials Warn of Fake Caller IDs

It Can Look Like Local Police Are Calling

 

Last updated 3/25/2021 at 4:37pm

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Blair Country Sheriff James Ott is warning residents: "If someone claims to be from the IRS, hang up. The IRS will not call you and they won't ask for personal information over the phone. If you get a call asking for your bank information so they can send your stimulus, hang up."

Scamming in the United States is as old as the country itself. For centuries scammers have used the same basic method of deceit to con people out of their money with only their methods changing with technology.

The newest scam involves a tactic known as "spoofing." Spoofing is when a caller, using easily available technology, intentionally changes the number that shows up on a caller ID to show a local number or number of a well-known business or government office, fooling the recipient into thinking the call is legitimate.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), more than 2.2 mil...



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