Scammers may be using your phone

Scammers now have a new weapon in their arsenal when placing those annoying robo-calls.

It’s called “spoofing”.

Computer expert Kim Komando tells NewsRadio 740 KTRH, “Spoofing is when scammers use computers to you’re your caller ID say something, and it can say it’s the Internal Revenue Service, it can even say it’s the White House calling.”

The scammers can even make it look like you’re calling yourself. The idea is that you’d be so intrigued, you’ll answer, Komando says.

She says there’s a number of things you can do to protect yourself.

“You can make sure your phone is registered with the National Do Not Call Registry,” Komando says. “You can complain to your phone provider -- and of course there are apps that can alert you to potential scammers.”

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