How to Stop Phone Spoofing

By Kristyn Hammond

Phone spoofing can give access to your personal phone messages to hackers and allow them to gain access and control to your phone. The physical ramifications can be expensive and intrusive into your life. While there is no way to guarantee that you are fully protected, methods are available that can give you a leg up on malicious hackers.

Step 1

Place a password protection on your voice mail service. Many service providers utilize caller identification as their verification. This means that anyone can utilize a spoof technology to gain access to your voice mail and listen to your messages. Spoof programs mirror other caller identification information and act as a key to open these services. Without a proper password to protect your private messages, this information is available to anyone who knows how to work spoof programs. If someone is caught using these spoof sites for illicit purposes, they can be blacklisted from the site; however, a growing number of other sites are willing to provide this service.

Step 2

Avoid providing any information over the phone unless you can trust the voice on the other end. Build a personal relationship with certain parts of your society, such as those responsible for your banking. Use the same individuals for subsequent transactions. This provides you with a familiar voice on the other end of the phone whom you can trust. Give no personal information over the phone to an unfamiliar voice. Be honest with your reasons for you unwillingness to give out this information, and request that they send you their request via regular mail.

Step 3

Make no phone calls of numbers that you receive by way of email. Phishing is an Internet hacking tactic that involves sending emails to a wide number of people with alluring testimony and the opportunity to send them privileged information with the promise of a reward. These can include links that direct your computer to a website that uploads a virus onto your machine. Hackers also can come in the form of a request for you to send them personal information, such as your credit card number, passwords or telephone number. Calling one of these numbers gives hackers access to your phone number, as well as the personal information that they need to use spoof technology.

Tips & Warnings

  • Contact your service provider in the event that you believe you are being spoofed. They have the option to block your phone access and prevent further spoofing. Additional protections are available based on your provider. Do not hesitate to contact your provider. Phone spoofing can lead to expensive ramifications should they use your phone information to call expensive phone numbers.