Caller-ID is a great invention, especially for those of us who deal with the public.
If the caller doesn’t choose to block information from the recipient, it lets us know their name, the correct spelling, and the phone number from where they are calling us.
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In the main, it’s been pretty reliable.
That is, until now.
Enter the latest scam.
There are sources available on the Internet – whether they are domestic or foreign in location – that, for a fee, can change the information your phone call posts on recipients' Caller-IDs.
That’s right. I suppose I could have my telephone Caller-ID programmed to announce that you’re not getting a phone call from me, but from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
And I could either have my correct home phone number shown, or I could actually have the FBI’s number shown.
So what do you do when you are suspicious or it’s important to you that the person calling is who he says he is?
Tell the caller you’ll call him back. Get his full name, then look-up the company’s main phone number on the Internet, then call and ask for him.
BILL CHERRY, REAL ESTATE BROKER
Dallas – Park Cities