RICHLAND, Wash. - If we see a telephone number pop up on our caller identification we usually trust we know who's calling, but technology is out smarting us.
Telephone service over the internet is becoming more popular but there is a trick some people are using to change the number showing up on telephone number displays. It's a new scam that can catch anyone off guard.
Cline Computers in Richland said they don't want to tell people how to change telephone displays but they do want the public to know about the scam. Owner Joel Cline said just because a number pops-up, doesn't always mean that's who's calling.
"People can spoof the number display and say they're the White House or F.B.I. Even city hall saying pay up or your water is going to be shut off because of this spoofing of caller i.d," said Cline.
KNDU tested the system and caller displays saying local police, businesses and even the White House registered.
With the spoof, you can call the number back and you will be connected with the legitimate business or person.