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Following Hurricane Harvey, there have been reports of criminals using caller ID spoofing and robocall technology to target residents of areas hit by the storm with scam calls about flood insurance. Before giving out any personal information or agreeing to any payment, you should independently verify that the call is legitimate. Contact your insurance agent or your insurance company directly. Policyholders with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP Direct) can call 1-800-638-6620.
What is spoofing and how does it work?
"Spoofing" occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally. U.S. law and FCC rules prohibit most types of spoofing.
Caller ID lets consumers avoid unwanted phone calls by displaying caller names and phone numbers, but the caller ID feature is sometimes manipulated by spoofers who masquerade as representatives of banks, creditors, insurance companies, or even the government.
To report suspected fraud, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline toll free at 1-866-720-5721. You can also file a complaint with the FCC about illegally spoofed robocalls.
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