WHAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT CALLER ID -- THAT IS, UNTIL NOW!

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Real Estate Services with William S. Cherry & No Co., Wealth Coach

Caller-ID is a great invention, especially for those of us who deal with the public. 

If the caller doesn’t choose to block information from the recipient, it lets us know their name, the correct spelling, and the phone number from where they are calling us.

<<==Maxwell Smart speaking to Agent 99

In the main, it’s been pretty reliable. 

That is, until now.

Enter the latest scam.

There are sources available on the Internet – whether they are domestic or foreign in location – that, for a fee, can change the information your phone call posts on recipients' Caller-IDs.

That’s right.  I suppose I could have my telephone Caller-ID programmed to announce that you’re not getting a phone call from me, but from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

And I could either have my correct home phone number shown, or I could actually have the FBI’s number shown.

So what do you do when you are suspicious or it’s important to you that the person calling is who he says he is?

Tell the caller you’ll call him back.  Get his full name, then look-up the company’s main phone number on the Internet, then call and ask for him. 

BILL CHERRY, REAL ESTATE BROKER

Dallas – Park Cities
Since 1964
214 503-8563

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Rainmaker
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Jeanne & Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Brokers
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The Durango Home Team at Keller Williams Southwest Associates

All out of area calls (except clients from out of town that I've spoken with directly) to my phone go directly to voice mail for screening.  If it's legit or someone I want to hear from I'll call them right back.

February 11, 2012 10:39 AM
Rainmaker
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BILL CHERRY
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William S. Cherry & No Co., Wealth Coach

Thanks to all of you for your comments and suggestions. 

Things certainly have gotten complicated, haven't they?

February 11, 2012 11:11 AM
Rainmaker
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Dale Terry

The feds have released the extra bandwidith and any cellphone company, anywhere can give you a number that has different area codes, etc.. It can look like you are receiving a long distance call and the person can be right beside you.  Add that to the ID scam and it gets down right scary.

February 11, 2012 11:28 AM
Rainmaker
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Paula Swayne
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715

Thanks for the valuable information...I didn't realize that this was happening.  I guess whereever a potential for a scam is there, someone will take advantage of it!Paula Swayne

February 11, 2012 12:44 PM
Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
Dallas Homes
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty

Bill, thanks for the heads up on this Caller ID scam.  I have had this happen at my house.

March 25, 2012 10:29 PM
Rainmaker
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