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Most phones today allow users to see the calling party’s phone number before they answer. This feature, called Caller ID or Calling Line Identity (CLI), is a way to let people know who is calling and decide whether they want to answer the call or not. However, callers and criminals can purposely change the Caller ID so that the incoming call appears to originate from  a trusted entity. This disingenuous practice is better known as spoofing. Unfortunately, there are more and more cases where callers and criminals purposefully change the caller ID in order to commit fraud. Spoofing occurs when a caller knowingly falsifies the information transmitted onto your phone screen, known as caller ID, to hide their true identity. Scammers often use the so-called ‘neighbors’ spoofing technique, and the incoming call appears to come from a local phone number or a spoofed company or government agency number that…

Robocalls are not only annoying, they are potentially dangerous and are progressively becoming an even bigger problem. Sadly, it does not look like the situation will improve in 2021, as there were 22.8 billion total robocalls recorded at the midway point of 2020. Robocalls are phone calls made by an automatic dialer that transmits pre-recorded messages. While this may not seem like an issue, it can be. Some robotic calls may be from legitimate sources, but they may also be scams designed to deceive or bully people to provide personal information. There are several ways to fight robocalls, you can read an article on that here. In this article we will provide you with a list of top 10 robocall blocking apps for Android and iOS based on customer reviews. We hope this list helps you to find an app that works for you. *Prices and ratings…

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the adoption of new rules banning malicious caller ID spoofing of text messages and foreign robocalls. The new regulations will allow the US federal government to carry out enforcement action against foreign businesses involved in deliberate spoofing, thus closing “a loophole in the law that prevented the agency from pursuing scammers sending spoofed text messages and international fraudsters making spoofed calls to Americans.” According to the announcement, this resolution is the further implementation of amendments to the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 that “prohibits anyone from causing a caller ID service to knowingly transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information (“spoofing”) with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongly obtain anything of value.” These rules have been put in place to counteract scammers operating in overseas call centers who often pretend to be calling from reliable companies. They use…

Job and project management company simPRO has launched a new VoIP phone solution for trade service businesses in New Zealand. The company believes that the new cost-effective integration will help increase employee productivity, expand service and reduce hardware dependency via the use of web phones. Jonathan Eastgate, simPRO Chief Technology Officer, believes that the VoIP phone integration will be beneficial to trade businesses looking to embrace the industry’s projected digital future. “When using simPRO, the VoIP will draw information to produce caller IDs and maintain call logs which can be viewed in a browser window – all you need is the internet and a headset,” he says. “VoIP provides a flexible, multi-functional solution that couldn’t be simpler to use. Without the need of a traditional telephone handset taking up space on the desk, users can make a call with a push of the mouse or keyboard and connect…

Next Caller – the three-year-old startup based in New York- provides the most advanced caller identification system to any business vulnerable to phone fraud. Generally, this includes banks, financial institutions, retailers, and government agencies. Though as companies strengthen and improve their fraud detection structure, so do fraudsters refine their tactics to attack, costing businesses more money and time, and making life more difficult for real customers. The most recent fraudulent method has been phone spoofing – when criminals manipulate their phone number and trick a business into thinking that they are a real customer. The technology created by Next Caller allows companies to instantly verify caller identities, certify phone numbers, and flag all forms of call spoofing by analyzing data before, during, or after the call, then delivering a threat-level analysis in milliseconds. This system enables businesses to take action faster when suspicious calls are detected and to validate real customers ensuring…