Caller ID should not be trusted because phone numbers are easy for criminals to ...

Caller ID should not be trusted because phone numbers are too easy for criminals to fake, Ofcom warns Ofcom says caller ID is easy for fraudsters to manipulate to their advantage and so it cannot be trusted as a sole means to detect when you are being scammed  Criminals are able to change phone number that appears on their target's caller ID to that of a legitimate organisation such as the bank, HMRC or even the police Technique is known as number spoofing and is used to gain their target's trust 

By Katie Feehan For Mailonline

Published: 09:01 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 09:01 BST, 3 May 2021

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Caller ID is no longer a safe way to protect yourself from fraudsters, the telecoms watchdog has warned.

Ofcom has said the technology is easy for criminals to exploit and can not be solely relied upon to detect scams.

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In a method known as 'number spoofing', fraudsters can deliberately change their caller ID to disguise who they are or even pose as legitimate organisations.

This means that when they call their target, the number that comes up on their target's phone makes it look like they are being called by their bank, for example.

Huw Saunders, a director at Ofcom, told BBC Radio 4's Money Box programme that the problem is global in scale and that the UK is lagging behind when it comes to tackling the problem.

Ofcom has warned caller ID can no longer be trusted as the sole method of detecting when you are being targeted by scammers over the phone as it is too easy for criminals to manipulate

Ofcom has warned caller ID can no longer be trusted as the sole method of detecting when you are being targeted by scammers over the phone as it is too easy for criminals to manipulate

He said: 'It's going to take a few years. If you look at a comparable situation in France, for example, they now have a timetable for the implementation of a particular technical solution and that is over a three-year period.'

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