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Kenosha Police warn against scam alert from your own number

Posted at 5:27 PM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-04 18:27:27-05

Kenosha Police Department posted an alert, warning people to watch out for spoofing scams. 

If you receive a phone call from your own phone number, it could be a spoofing scam. This recent cell phone scam could jeopardize your personal information and safety.

Phylissia Landix, from the Better Business Bureau, said that spoofers get hold of software that disguises phone numbers so it appears that you are getting a call from your phone number. These scammers are after your social security numbers and other private information.

They may take your information to create fraudulent charges on phone bills. You may want to check your phone bills if you have had calls that could have been a scam. 

To avoid these scams, do not answer the phone if the caller seems unrecognizable. Signing up for a Do Not Call registry is an extra precaution against these spoofing situations. Anyone who has had suspicious phone calls is encouraged to call the Federal Trade Commission. 

Unfortunately, many of these scammers are from overseas and are outside of the jurisdiction of the U.S. government. People are never to give information over the phone unless they are absolutely sure of who they are talking to.