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Beware of Spoofing

10/06/17

by EagleTech Cami Bolling

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is back and better than ever!! To kick off this month’s series of privacy features and videos, we want to notify you about a new and serious phone scam.

Every heard of spoofing? Spoofing occurs when a caller deliberately intercepts the information being sent to your caller ID. Spoofers have the ability to fraudulently display themselves on caller ID as banks, insurance companies, government officials, and even BC students!

Offices at Boston College are reporting that they are receiving phone calls on their desk phones that appear to be from BC numbers, even showing the correct Caller ID of the BC number. However, ultimately, the BC Caller IDs are being spoofed, and it's frequently a robocall on the other end. A robocall is a recorded message instead of a live person.

So, what can do you do to protect yourself from phone spoofing? Luckily, here are three tips to help protect you from phone scams:

  1. Always proceed with caution if you receive a phone call pressuring you for information.
  2. Do not give out any sensitive information over the phone: this includes credit card numbers, social security numbers, personal information, etc.
  3. If you have a voice mail account with your phone service, make sure to set a password for it.

Remember, not just this month but every month, to make sure you’re staying safe online!

Learn more all month at bc.edu/cybersecurity.