Jun 17, 2014 4:42 PM by Brian Richard
BBB of Acadiana is alerting residents to be aware of several "Spoofing" scams operating in Acadiana.
Spoofing occurs when scammers masquerade as another person or business by falsifying caller ID data, gaining access to private information such as bank account numbers or Social Security.
The BBB received several calls on Thursday and Friday about concerned residents reporting spoofing calls on their homes by their own number.
The scam callers usually offer to help lower credit card debt but sometimes claim to be the IRS demanding payment for delinquent taxes.
BBB offers the following tips to protect yourself from this scam:
Start with Trust®. Check with the BBB before giving personal information such as Social Security or banking information if you do not know who called.
Be wary of requests to "verify" information or give banking information, especially if the caller claims affiliation with a government agency. The IRS usually contacts consumers by letter on official letterhead before calling them.
If you believe the call to actually be from a government agency or business, confirm the call by calling them from a number from their official website, not the phone number from your caller ID.
If you receive a call you believe to be a scam, do not press any numbers or speak to anyone, even if a robo-call option is to remove your number from the call list. Hang up immediately to avoid receiving numerous future calls.
If you feel you are a victim, report it to your bank immediately, file a police report and regularly check and monitor all accounts for any fraudulent activity.