Caller ID phone scam - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

Caller ID phone scam

Posted: Updated:

If you use Caller ID to screen your calls, it could cost you if  you're not careful.  KSFY News has been looking into ways phone scam artists are using Caller ID to gain your confidence and take your money.

Many of us look at the Caller ID the moment we receive a phone call. And if we recognize the number we answer it.

The number on Caller ID may not be who it seems.  It's a technique that scam artists use called "Phone Spoofing."

Bryce Xavier in Trent, South Dakota said "and the thing was the second time it's happened to me in a week and I knew then that something else wasn't right"

Xavier's experience and instinct told him to call his phone company.

"That's where I learned a new term, phone spoofing, totally new to me," Xavier said.

The term is not new to the Better Business Bureau.

Jessie Schmidt, Director of the Better Business Bureau of South Dakota explained what when scam artists use "Phone Spoofing." "A third party make a phone call to somebody, and the caller ID shows up not as their own, it's another business, it's a residence, and any intent to do harm is fraud and is against the law," Schmidt said.

That's what happened to Xavier this morning.

"I received a phone call this morning, and my caller ID, it was just a residential number, but I noticed on the phone call it sounded like a sales call, a call center," Xavier said.

Xavier said the call didn't sound on the up and up.

 "she said I'm not trying to be rude, and I said well you're not being rude but you're being very evasive, she wouldn't give a name or a company name. As soon as I said she was being evasive, the phone went dead," Xavier said.

Xavier said he questioned her when the phone went mute and she eventually hung up.

"I called the number back and that's when I got a gentleman by the name of Terry in Eureka. He hadn't used his phone all day," Xavier said.

The Better Business Bureau says there are some common scams we should all be aware of.

"Some of the most popular ones involve utility companies as well as jury duty," Schmidt said.

Schmidt has some basic advice.

"If any body calls you and wants your credit card information, our advice to the consumer would be to tell them you'll call them back, hang up," Schmidt said.

If you think you have been the victim of phone spoofing, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the FCC would like to hear from you. 

The BBB offers a special Senior Line, 877-637-3334.

  • Home for Austin one step closer to completion

    Home for Austin one step closer to completion

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:31:44 GMT
    Austin Coffee’s arms and legs were amputated when he was just three years old to save him from a rare form of Meningitis. Thursday, the now seven-year-old is getting ready to move into a new house built especially for him.More >>
    Austin Coffee’s arms and legs were amputated when he was just three years old to save him from a rare form of Meningitis. Thursday, the now seven-year-old is getting ready to move into a new house built especially for him.More >>
  • Watering restrictions in effect for Brandon

    Watering restrictions in effect for Brandon

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:28:27 GMT
    Starting Thursday, neighbors in Brandon will be under a water restriction. Those with even-number addresses can water on even-number days and those with odd-number addresses can water on odd-number days.  Watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Starting Thursday, neighbors in Brandon will be under a water restriction. Those with even-number addresses can water on even-number days and those with odd-number addresses can water on odd-number days. Watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    Starting Thursday, neighbors in Brandon will be under a water restriction. Those with even-number addresses can water on even-number days and those with odd-number addresses can water on odd-number days.  Watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for everyone. More >>
    Starting Thursday, neighbors in Brandon will be under a water restriction. Those with even-number addresses can water on even-number days and those with odd-number addresses can water on odd-number days.  Watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for everyone. More >>
  • Avera Medical Minute AMcK: Raising the standard of cancer care

    Avera Medical Minute AMcK: Raising the standard of cancer care

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:14:28 GMT
    It's a fair bet that cancer has touched your life. Whether it's you personally or through a friend or a loved one. While the diagnosis can be crushing, it's not a defeat. With each day, medicines and tools are getting better.More >>
    It's a fair bet that cancer has touched your life. Whether it's you personally or through a friend or a loved one. While the diagnosis can be crushing, it's not a defeat. With each day, medicines and tools are getting better.
    More >>
  • Prosecutor: Doctor fires back at hospital gunman who killed one

    Prosecutor: Doctor fires back at hospital gunman who killed one

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:40:00 GMT
    A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.More >>
    A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.More >>
  • Officials: ISIS blows up Jonah's tomb in Iraq

    Officials: ISIS blows up Jonah's tomb in Iraq

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:38 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:38:55 GMT
    If you blink during the video, you might miss the moment Jonah's tomb in Mosul, Iraq, explodes. The first few frames show the revered shrine towering over its landscape. There's a sudden burst of dust, fire and smoke. Then, nothing.More >>
    If you blink during the video, you might miss the moment Jonah's tomb in Mosul, Iraq, explodes. The first few frames show the revered shrine towering over its landscape. There's a sudden burst of dust, fire and smoke. Then, nothing.
    More >>
  • Prep work begins for fence installation at Van Eps Park

    Prep work begins for fence installation at Van Eps Park

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:25:53 GMT
    Van Eps park has seen a lot of activity the past few weeks. Many have complained about people hanging out and drinking in the park. Thursday, the park was busy with construction equipment.More >>
    Van Eps park has seen a lot of activity the past few weeks. Many have complained about people hanging out and drinking in the park. Thursday, the park was busy with construction equipment.More >>
  • Joseph Patterson pleads not guilty while arraigned for alleged attack on ex-girlfriend

    Joseph Patterson pleads not guilty while arraigned for alleged attack on ex-girlfriend

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:16 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:16:55 GMT
    Joseph Patterson has been arraigned on his indictment for charges stemming from his alleged assault and attack on his former girlfriend.More >>
    Joseph Patterson has been arraigned on his indictment for charges stemming from his alleged assault and attack on his former girlfriend.More >>
  • RAGBRAI rider from Sioux City dies in Mason City

    RAGBRAI rider from Sioux City dies in Mason City

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:48:39 GMT
    A RAGBRAI participant from Sioux City has been found dead in his tent in Mason City in the second death during the weeklong bicycling event.More >>
    A RAGBRAI participant from Sioux City has been found dead in his tent in Mason City in the second death during the weeklong bicycling event.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KSFY. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service or our EEO Report.