Scam Artists and Internet Phones

People can now use internet phones to pose as someone else, because caller ID's can now be forged.

Scam Artists Dial for Dollars on Internet Phones presents examples of how some people use internet phone services to pose as you. Since your bank can use your phone number as a way of identifying who you are, your telephone identity can now be stolen.

Here are other issue to contend with:

» VoIP conversations can be monitored or altered by outsiders.
» Telemarketers can easily spam via VoIP
» Criminals can listen to your voice-mail (Please password protect your accounts)
» People can make you think they're calling from your bank

Looks like it's getting harder and harder to trust people who use the phone. Caller ID may have worked in the past, but I wonder how long it will take before someone comes up with a "stronger" caller ID system.

In the meantime, don't believe everything you read in your caller ID display.

[ First posted on 03/21/2005 by Manuel Viloria ]



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