By Katie Feehan For Mailonline
Published: 09:01 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 09:01 BST, 3 May 2021
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.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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
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.'