As global technology has advanced and streamlined many of the basic processes found in an average person’s daily routine, so, too, have technological advancements that pose more digital dangers in the virtual landscape. One such danger is call and text spoofing, a new and troublesome form of robocalling. Read on to discover just how insidious these communications can be–and what you can do to protect yourself from potential scams. 

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What is spoofing?

Spoofing refers to robocalls and texts that involve the manipulations or falsification of caller ID information to increase the likelihood that the recipient will answer, respond or take action. The fake caller ID information disguises the caller’s true identity by using a local area code, a fake number labeled as a trustworthy organization, or a call or text that appears to be coming from a known number. 

Victims of a spoofing attack that answer the call, click on text links or follow the instructions may end up in precarious situations regarding their money or information. Spoofed calls and texts use scripts or false links and forms to try to scam recipients and gain valuable data from them that could be used in fraudulent ways. 

You may have been the victim of a spoofed text or call if you ever received a communication stating you owe an organization money, there is a warrant out for your arrest, you have an overdue bill, or there is a problem with an account of yours that requires…

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