Police Warn of ‘Caller ID Spoofing’

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(Courtesy: MGN Online)

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — You can’t believe everything you read, even the caller ID.

An incident was reported to the North Canton Police Department that officers believe was an example of something known as caller ID spoofing.

On Thursday, a senior resident was contacted by phone and told she must submit personal information in order to collect a $600,000 sweepstakes prize.

The caller claimed to be an FBI agent and said the resident could confirm the story with police.

The resident then received a follow-up call from a man claiming to be a North Canton detective who backed-up the original story and instructed her to send $1,400 in cash.

In the case of that second call, the caller ID correctly displayed the phone number of the North Canton Police Department, even though that’s not where the call originated.

Officers are warning people about the way the caller ID technology may be manipulated in order to trick people.

No money was ever sent and police say the resident did the right thing by contacting them directly.