Friday, December 18, 2009

A warning regarding caller ID....

Realtor members recently recieved an e-mail from the Peoria Association of Realtors. Apparently, there have been multiple reports of "Caller ID spoofing" within the Peoria area.

Caller ID spoofing is a service that allows a caller to masquerade as someone else by falsifying the number that appears on the recipient's caller ID display. Just as e-mail spoofing can make it appear that a message came from any e-mail address the sender chooses, caller ID spoofing can make a call appear to come from any phone number the caller wishes.

Folks, this can pose a significant security risk. Please be careful and make sure the person you are talking to is who they say they are. If necessary, call the person back at the number you have for them. Only give out confidential information if you are absolutely certain of the identity of the person on the other line. If you have any questions please call me at 309-645-8608 or Brian Carroll at the Peoria Area Association of Realtors at 688-8591. As always, be careful out there!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is good info. I hadn't heard of this particular scam and didn't know it was possible to hand-pick a number to show up on caller I.D. I thought it depended on a legitimate landline or cell phone account. I get a kick out of the calls from people calling about "personal business", except they inevitably mis-pronounce our last name.

Anonymous said...

Diane--interesting article today on MSNBC--"Insider theft a big problem for small charities". "While people worry about fraud or wasteful spending at big charities, abuse often occurs much closer to home--at the local PTA or soccer club." Watchdog groups are being credited with bringing several cases of abuse to light.

Diane Vespa said...

Good point. I believe the key to a bright future for the US is our capacity to look out and care for each other, and not rely on big government to cure all of society's ills.