Spoofing Caller ID

October 2nd, 2008

Did you know Caller ID can be faked, legally?  For example, Annoying dude can call your mom and fake it so your mom thinks the call is coming from you.   There are even businesses that exist to serve this annoyingly evil purpose.  Relief is in sight – there are bills (not yet laws) outlawing “any caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification information” – more at wikipedia.

My iPhone has recently been receiving harassing calls from one number – 904-954-3072 – up to 4 times a day, for like 10 days now.  I’ve only answered a couple times and I hear nobody on the other side.  I’m not the only one – some say it’s Citicards debt collectors but most think it’s a scam. My guess is caller id spoofing.

UPDATE 10/14/2008 – It probably was Citicards.  I recently moved, and didn’t update one of my credit cards with my new address.  I talked to citibank and she said they do have a service that automatically calls if bills are not payed.  I asked why they don’t talk when you answer the phone or leave voicemail messages.  She said they don’t leave messages in case phone number was changed, and as far as not talking when you actually answer and say hello .. well, she said there’s a problem with the system.  I told her it was annoying to get the calls and she agreed, but they would stop in the next few days.  CITIBANK IS LAME.

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