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Beware of telephone ‘neighborhood spoofing’ scams

Scammers have been spoofing Iowa State University telephone numbers in an attempt to obtain individuals’ personal information. According to the Federal Communications Commission, these are called “neighborhood spoofing” scams. The calls can come from anywhere around the world, but criminals manipulate caller ID information so the calls seem to come from the same area code and often the same prefix as their intended victims, tricking them into answering.

You can protect yourself with these tips from the FCC. Also note that Iowa State will never ask for personal information such as passwords over the phone. If you suspect you are the victim of spoofing, or have received a call from a scammer, contact the IT Security team or file a complaint with the FCC Complaint Center, the FTC Complaint Assistant or the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker, where you can also see reported scams in any given area. For questions or other concerns, contact the IT Security team.


August 11, 2018 10:28 am