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Phone scam targets new Idaho area code

Phone scams have been the talk of the season. For scammers, it's the idea of whats new and how can I target. It's as easy as sitting at a computer, typing in a number and placing the call. (File Photo)

Phone scams have been the talk of the season. For scammers, it's the idea of whats new and how they can target. It's as easy as sitting at a computer, typing in a number and placing the call.

Ever heard of call id spoofing? It’s where a person can call your cell phone and put any number they want on your caller ID.

“We see people using caller ID spoofing for scams. It’s perfectly legal and I think the idea behind it is that somebody may think of it as a funny prank to pull, but scam artists exploit it, “ says Dale Dixon, Chief Innovation Officer, Better Business Bureau.

Spoofing can spark believabilty. For example, ADA County Sheriffs Office comes up on caller ID, you answer and they say there’s a warrant for your arrest and demand money to make it go away.

“When you see a phone number pop up on your screen that looks just like your phone number or says ADA County Sheriff, or the court, or maybe KBOI-TV…the thing it does, it creates curiosity in you. So you’re more likely to answer the phone," said Dixon.

The new trend is Idaho’s new area code (986).

“So they’re using this as an excuse to scam people and they know that when you see your phone number with a different area code show up, you’re going to be curious and more likely to answer instead of just ignoring an unknown phone number. Who has my phone number with a different area code? That’s curious, and i’m going to pick up the phone and answer it,” said Dixon.

Question is, what do you do when curiosity gets the best of you?

“Most likely, you’re not having anything harvested off your phone if you answer one of these spoof calls. If you start talking to the scam artists and you start giving them information then you start to put yourself at greater risk.”

According to Boise PD…dozens of people have been victims of phone scams this past month. Remember, never give out credit card information and that law enforcement would never demand money under any circumstances.

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