Neighborhood Spoofing

There are a number of techniques scammers use to get people to pick up the phone, but the most popular method is known as “Neighborhood Spoofing,” which happens when a scammer disguises their phone number and displays it as a local number on a user’s caller ID. For example, a scammer may spoof their phone number to match the area code and 3-digit prefix of the person they are targeting and ultimately increase the likelihood of someone answering.

I love it when scammers use neighborhood spoofing. My phone has a New York area code because that’s where I lived when I got my first smartphone. I don’t know anybody there any longer because this was over a decade ago. So when I get these calls, I immediately know it’s a scam.

6 thoughts on “Neighborhood Spoofing”

  1. Same here! Plus, we live in the smartphone age. If you’re not on my contact list, I’m not picking up your phone. Email or text me.


  2. So why waste money on caller ID, anyway? I have a $12/month landline phone, and never answer it unless I hear a voice speaking into the voicemail that I want to talk to.

    Spam e-mails are a much bigger nuisance than calls, even with an adequate software spasm filter that flags most of them.


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