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    My phone has caller ID and it saves them. On a whim I called a number from early unanswered call. The responder said he had many such calls from people (not called by him) It seems that a spammer used his ID when making these calls. Shouldn't the phone companies be able to prevent this?


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    Lately I’ve noticed spam calls from #’s using our area code and local exchange. I guess cell phones are getting hacked regularly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Lately I’ve noticed spam calls from #’s using our area code and local exchange. I guess cell phones are getting hacked regularly.
    Is it just smartphones,would you say?
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    I was told that 'spoofing' has been around since the system was digitized - all phones have this problem
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    I used to get the spam calls that started with 1-800 but now it’s a local number. I can accept that spammers have improved their methods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    I used to get the spam calls that started with 1-800 but now it’s a local number. I can accept that spammers have improved their methods.
    Since digitized, it is possible for a a spammer to make the call looking like it came from another number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    I used to get the spam calls that started with 1-800 but now it’s a local number. I can accept that spammers have improved their methods.
    It is called "Caller ID Spoofing" and well entrenched. The U.S. FCC has a link on this:


    https://www.fcc.gov/spoofing


    It has an excellent overview and the dos and don'ts about these calls.
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