The Spoofing Scam: How Scammers Impersonate Your Bank Advisor

👉 What You Need to Know…

  • Phone spoofing allows scammers to hide their real number to impersonate your bank advisor.
  • Tools like SpoofCard and SpoofTel make this practice easier, even though it is illegal in the United States.
  • Scammers often obtain your personal information through phishing or database hacks.

How Phone Spoofing Works: Scammers’ Tricks to Impersonate and Deceive

Scammers, known as “spoofers,” use sophisticated techniques to hide their phone numbers. They often pose as official entities or bank advisors to trick you into giving them your money.

What is Phone Spoofing?

Phone spoofing involves falsifying the caller ID to make it appear as though the call is coming from someone else. Tools like SpoofCard and SpoofTel facilitate this manipulation, giving scammers a veneer of legitimacy when they contact you. This technique has been increasingly used in the U.S., especially with the rise of two-factor authentication for financial transactions.

How Does the Fake Bank Advisor Scam Work?

Scammers acquire your personal information through phishing or database breaches. They then contact you, posing as your bank advisor, using phone spoofing to display your bank’s number. They claim there is an urgent fraud issue with your account and request sensitive information to gain access and transfer funds. Sometimes, they persuade you to validate remote transactions or even visit you directly.

A report by Comparitech highlights a case where a victim received a call from a scammer spoofing their bank’s number. The scammer had enough knowledge about the victim’s account to appear legitimate, convincing them there was unusual activity. They were urged to transfer their money to a “safe” account, which was controlled by the scammer. This example shows the organized and convincing nature of these scams.

Legislation in the United States

In the U.S., various laws govern identity theft and phone spoofing. The Truth in Caller ID Act makes it illegal to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value.

The law states that violators can be fined up to $10,000 for each instance of a misleading call.

âś” For Further Information…

  • Always verify the caller’s identity: Hang up and call your bank using the official number (reverse-call technique).
  • Never disclose sensitive information over the phone without verifying the caller’s identity.
  • Remember that NO legitimate bank advisor will ever ask for your passwords or pressure you to validate a transaction.

âť“ What If You Fall Victim?

  • Immediately contact your bank to report the fraud and freeze your accounts.
  • File a report with the authorities: Notify the police and the FTC.
  • Request a refund from your bank, noting that they need to prove any alleged negligence on your part.