How to mitigate the risk of phone spoofing?

Have you ever heard of phone spoofing and the risks attached to it? If not, then you should know everything about it and how it can affect your life if you do not take preventive measures. The scammer using this technology calls a person from a fake ID and number. He usually tries to contact someone whom he has the details about. By pretending to be from a bank, charity, or prize distributor, he usually tricks people into spilling their personal and financial information.

Phone spoofing which is also known as “vishing” or voice phishing has become a general practice carried out by scammers in lieu of gaining financially. The scammers usually target a particular age group i.e. people of older age. They do so because elders are not well aware of the latest scams and how to deal with them. Other than vishing, you may also fall prey to a fake tech support scam or SMiShing attacks. Therefore, let us know how to deal with phone spoofing and other calling scams.

Prevalence of phone spoofing

Scammers use this technology because it allows them to cover a wide range of people. They use computerized automated dialers to carry out this scam and deliver the required message on a target’s number. They use many other technologies to make the calling number seem to be from a local area. This means the percentage of people receiving the call will grow eventually.

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Tips to deal with such scams

  • Deploy a service or an application that filters spam calls, emails, links, etc.
  • Some companies allow you to register for a spam blocking service if you suspect that you have become someone’s target to carry out such scams.
  • You can download apps such as RoboKiller or Nomorobo. These help a user to screen calls but there is a catch, the users need to share personal data with these kinds of apps.
  • You can also register for the Do not call registry.
  • While registering for any service, make sure you do not provide information that you think is not required for that service.
  • Do not provide your personal contact details on social media accounts.
  • Avoid answering calls from numbers you do not know or numbers that have a weird combination.
  • If you have slightest of doubts of a number being fake, you should block that contact immediately.
  • Do not forget to contact FTC in case you are getting such calls frequently.
  • Before signing up for a new service and clicking on the ‘I Agree’ button, you should actually go through its terms and conditions as well as the privacy policy.

Conclusion

People should avoid entering a luring contest because if you do so, you might be compromising with your data. Keep your device updated with the latest updates and install an app such as McAfee Mobile Security to mitigate the risk of such scams in the future. You may also go through the latest posts on viruses, scams, and threats on the official website of McAfee.

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