Telemarketers and robocallers are a big pain, especially when they call during dinner time.
Most people have Caller ID, so they can see who is calling and decide if they want to pick up.
Unfortunately, those unwanted callers have found a new way around Caller ID.
Couldn't Believe Who Was Calling
Robin Gilbert was working on her needlepoint recently when her phone rang.
She took a quick look to see who it was, and she says she was stunned at who was calling her.
"I went to see the Caller ID to see if I was going to answer it," she explained. "And lo and behold it was me calling, exactly how it shows up in the White Pages in the phone book!"
Gilbert says the Caller ID showed her name and her number.
"I answered it with a, 'Hello, who is this?' And it was one of those stupid robocalls," she said.
This is a new scam known as Caller ID "spoofing," but there's nothing funny about this spoof.
"I'm curious as to where they got it, and how they got it to show up on my home phone," Gilbert said.
But it's easy to do. Unscrupulous telemarketers can now buy devices and smartphone apps that will change the number that shows up.
The Better Business Bureau says the newest spoofing devices let the marketers display the exact number they are calling.
Spoofing is legal, and it's used legitimately by private investigators and lawyers.
But scammers are going to town with these, even pretending to be President Obama calling from the White House, just to get you to answer.
What You Can Do
The easiest way to avoid getting these calls is to not pick up unknown numbers.
If you can find out who is calling (for instance, if they give you a number to call back) report that number to the do not call list complaint hotline.
"Like" John Matarese on Facebook
Follow John on Twitter (@JohnMatarese)
Sign up for the free DWYM Newsletter delivered twice-weekly to your inbox
Hack-proof your credit cards and bank account
Target, Home Depot, Michaels Stores, Chase Bank. Every week, it seems, another well known retailer or bank is hit by a hacker attack.
QUIZ: Are you cut out to work from home?
It may sound perfect: Earning money from the comfort of your own abode. Before you quit your job, take our quiz to find out if you can hack…
Black Friday ads already beginning to roll out
With about a month until the Black Friday shopping sales, sale information is starting to appear online.
Winterizing: Don't get ripped off at repair shop
Winter weather will soon set in across much of the country, meaning now is the time to check your vehicle and prepare it for the cold. But…
Are you living in a a former meth lab?
Do you know the history of your new home and whether or not it used to be a meth lab?
Facebook's quarter marred by spending plans
Facebook beat the Street and grew its ad revenue and userbase, but investors aren't that happy with its plans to ramp up spending in 2015.