The Risks of Calling Back
If you receive a call from a spoofed number and you call the number back, there are several potential risks to be aware of. In some cases, the number may be connected to a scam or phishing attempt, and calling back may result in further attempts to collect personal information or money from you. Additionally, some spoofed numbers may be used for voice phishing, or “vishing,” which involves using a fake caller ID to trick the recipient into revealing sensitive information.
Costs and Charges
Another potential risk of calling back a spoofed number is that you may be charged a fee or additional charges for the call. Some scammers use spoofed numbers as a way to generate revenue by charging high fees for calls or texts made to the number. Additionally, some phone service providers may charge fees for calls made to certain types of numbers or for calls made outside of the recipient’s local calling area.
Preventing Spoofing and Scams
To help protect yourself from spoofing and scams, it is important to be cautious about providing your personal information or financial information to unfamiliar or untrustworthy sources. Additionally, you should avoid answering calls from unfamiliar numbers, and consider installing call-blocking software or apps to help filter out suspicious or unwanted calls. 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 appropriate authorities, such as the Federal Trade Commission or your phone service provider.