Scammers using caller ID spoofing, police say

8:42 PM, Aug 9, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH CANTON - Police want residents to be aware that scammers are using caller ID spoofing in an attempt to trick them into thinking they are talking to a police officer.

Thursday afternoon, an elderly resident contacted police to report a possible scam.

She said she was contacted by someone claiming to be an FBI agent who wanted personal information in order to award a $600,000 sweepstakes.

He told her she could call her local police department to confirm it was not a scam.

As an officer was speaking with the resident, she received another call that came up on caller ID with the name and phone number of a North Canton police detective.

The person on the phone identified himself as the detective and instructed her to send $1,400 to Mexico City in a family member's name. 

This person making the call was not the police detective.

Police say this is an incident of caller ID spoofing, in which the number that comes up on caller ID is not the number the call is coming from.

According to police, no money was sent, and the woman did the right thing by contacting them.

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