How to catch a spoof caller
Tracing a spoofed phone number
Tracing a spoofed phone number as well as to catch a spoof caller is challenging. Certainly not as very easy as recognizing an anonymous Twitter user, the sender of an anonymous e-mail or the person behind internet uploading as well as blogging. Some spoofing solutions allow the confidential caller or text message sender to obtain replies. In such cases, our private investigators can typically trace the spoof text messages as well as positively recognize the person responsible for the spoofing harassment. Also out-of-court. These cases are mainly harassment cases. Cyberbullies wants to hurt someone. In order to do so, they will engage in a conversation. This engagement makes it able for you to send and receive text messages. By tracing these anonymous text messages, our investigators catch a spoof caller.
However, most spoofing services are one way only. Especially when they are used for scams. The person can send messages to you, but you cannot reply. In these one-way cases, it may not be possible to identify the origins of the spoofed messages or calls. Except through criminal or civil court proceedings, to leverage the use of subpoena or warrants to obtain forensic evidence, which may ultimately lead to uncloaking the antagonist.
How to uncover a spoofed number
There are certain things you can do yourself. To know if a number is spoofed, you can check the reverse phone lookup to see if the number is in there. If it’s not there, it’s usually a big red flag. This could mean that the number used to contact you is not a real number, but a spoofed phone number. Also try to return the phone call. If it’s out of service, you can be sure it was a spoofed number.
You can also check Google for the number. If the number is used for scams, it might be listed on the internet.
What is caller ID spoofing
Caller ID spoofing is the phone number someone is calling or texting from by is disguised by altering their caller ID. This practice is common among scammers to get you on the phone. It is also used to be (almost) untraceable.
Some scammers randomly choose phone numbers to make calls from. But international scammers are more sophisticated. They select a particular number from a neighborhood so the phone number area code is the same as to the victim. More people are taking a call if it comes from the same area code. Scammers hijack or imitate phone numbers. Either to pretend to be a certain person or business to get information or money. In the US and Australia, phone spoofing is not illegal. If you use a spoofed number for a prank on a friend, it is legal. But, using the spoofed number to deceive someone to obtain information, is illegal.
Ways to stop caller id spoofing my number
- Block the numbers; this prevents the same person from calling again, using the specific numbers you blocked. This might not stop the harassment though. They can call and text again, through a different number.
- Look into call-blocking services that block VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phone calls and texts. These services stop people from using a spoofed number to contact you.
Contact our investigators if you need help identifying a spoof caller.