The Reality of Spoofing
Phone number spoofing is still possible, and unfortunately, it remains a common tactic used by scammers, spammers, and other malicious actors. Spoofing allows the caller to disguise their true identity or location, making it difficult for the recipient to identify and block the call. Spoofing can be used for a variety of purposes, including phishing, identity theft, and other forms of fraud.
Technologies and Regulations
While phone number spoofing remains a concern, there are technologies and regulations in place to help combat it. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has implemented rules and guidelines to help prevent illegal spoofing, and many phone service providers have implemented technologies and protocols to help identify and block spoofed calls. Additionally, there are third-party apps and services available that can help to filter out suspicious or unwanted calls.
Preventing and Reporting Spoofing
To help protect yourself from phone number spoofing, there are several steps that you can take. Be cautious about providing your phone number to unfamiliar or untrustworthy sources, and avoid answering calls from unfamiliar numbers. If you do receive a call from a suspicious or unknown number, do not provide any personal information, and consider reporting the call to the FCC or your phone service provider. Finally, consider installing call-blocking software or apps to help filter out unwanted calls.