They then enter the phone number of the person (victim) they are calling and provide the fake information that they want the caller ID to show as.The spoofing service then calls the scammer back at the phone number they provided, calls the intended victim's number, and bridges the calls together along with the spoofed Caller ID information.The victim sees the fake Caller ID information as they pick up the phone and are connected to the scammer.
The recent Ammyy scam, where victims receive phone calls from scammers claiming to be from Microsoft support, is a huge scam that has bilked people out of millions of dollars worldwide.
The Ammyy scam wouldn’t be nearly as effective if it wasn't for Caller ID spoofing.
When Ammyy scam victims answer the phone, most of them have already looked at the Caller ID on their phone to see that it says that "Microsoft" is calling them, and many of them believe it.
Most people have faith that the information that they see on their Caller ID is real.
If the Caller ID reads “MICROSOFT SUPPORT - 1-800-555-1212” or something similar, then most people would tend to believe that the person on the other end of the line is really from Microsoft.
A lot of people don’t realize that scammers are using Voice Over IP technology and other tricks to fake or "spoof" Caller ID information.
Scammers use Caller ID spoofing to help make their scams seem more believable. There are several ways in which scammers spoof Caller ID information.
One of the most popular ways that scammers spoof their Caller ID is through the use of special internet-based caller ID spoofing service providers.
These spoofing services can be purchased cheaply and are often sold as a re-loadable calling card.