Neighbor spoofing is spam callers’ newest trick. Here is how you can beat them at their own game.
As apps like RoboKiller get better and better at blocking unwanted spam, telemarketing, and robocalls, it only makes sense that the bad guys would get more sophisticated. They’re trying to separate you from your hard-earned dollars.
Neighbor spoofing is one of the latest strategies of spam callers worldwide, and it is designed to trick you into answering the phone. Not only is neighbor spoofing legally questionable, but it’s also a massive threat to the security of your personal information.
In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know to effectively stop neighbor spoofing.
- What is neighbor spoofing?
- How does neighbor spoofing work?
- Why is neighbor spoofing a threat to your safety and privacy?
- How can you stop neighbor spoofing, for good?
What is neighbor spoofing?
Neighbor spoofing, otherwise known as NPA-NXX spoofing, is a form of caller ID spoofing used by telemarketers, scammers, and robocallers. Neighbor spoofing uses auto-dialing and VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services to send unsolicited phone calls. These calls have an outgoing Caller ID that closely matches your area code and phone number.
By mimicking their caller ID as closely as possible to the phone number they are placing the call to, spammers can trick more of their targets into answering the phone. This strategy ultimately increases the odds spammers will successfully get victims to give up personal information scammers can use to steal.
If you live in the U.S., caller ID spoofing is technically legal, except for one important caveat. If a caller’s intent is to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value, the call is illegal.
That rule was a key point in the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010. In addition to enforcing these rules about spoofing, penalties up to $10,000 per violation could be imposed.
How does neighbor spoofing work?
Back before mobile phones (really, there was once a time), phone numbers were given out on a local basis. Just by looking at a phone number it was easy to associate a rough location with the number.
So if your phone number was 203-950-2317, anyone could guess that your 203 area code (“NPA” in technical jargon) put you in Connecticut, and your 950 local exchange (“NXX” in technical speak) put you in a specific town.
The same process is still valid today to some extent, but as area codes and exchanges get crowded, and as people move between cities while keeping their old numbers it is now less exact. So, if your area code is 908 and your local exchange is 555, your NPA-NXX would be 908-555.
Here is how you can identify your phone number’s NPA-NXX to identify incoming neighbor spoofed spam calls:
Neighbor spoofing is a simple process.
The spammers use a third-party call spoofing technology to call your phone while showing a phone number that appears to be from your specific area code or NPA-NXX. The spammers’ technology allows them to send a high volume of neighbor spoofed spam calls at the push of a button.
Spam callers hope they will trick you into answering because it looks like a phone number you might recognize. Often enough, it works because people would prefer to take a chance at dealing with a spammer than miss an urgent phone call.
Spammers use neighbor spoofing to play mind games
When we see an incoming call from a number that starts with the same six digits as our own, we are much more likely to answer it. Wouldn’t you?
It is easy to be duped by this clever and villainous tactic. Neighbor spoofed spam calls look and feel like a regular phone call. They typically happen during the day and look precisely like they are from the same neighborhood as us.
It is entirely rational to confuse a neighbor spoofed call for a call from your child’s school or the doctor, for instance. You think it’s a critical message that you do not want to miss. Spammers’ understand this psychology and take advantage of it using neighbor spoofing.
Neighbor spoofed spam calls do not contain any info to help you or your family. Neighbor spoofing is illegal, and are intended to steal something from you: your time, your money, your identity, and your security.
How can you stop neighbor spoofing for good?
Neighbor spoofed phone calls are like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
They are a nuisance in our busy lives. But the unfortunate reality is that few practical solutions will stop neighbor spoofing completely.
One well-known solution to block these spam calls manually is to block all calls from your NPA-NXX, and yes, that will work. But, that solution is equivalent to squashing an ant with a sledgehammer: too much of a tool for the job and very messy. It will also likely cause you to miss necessary, legitimate calls that do share your NPA-NXX.
So, what to do? Wouldn’t it be great if you could block these calls based not just on the phone number, but by knowing what is happening in the actual call?
Luckily, there is a solution available to solve the problem. Robocall blocker apps! Downloading an app to block spam calls on your iPhone or Android smartphone is the most effective solution to combat dangerous neighbor spoofing.
Robocall blocker apps like RoboKiller allow you to determine what calls you believe to be spam (spam calls can come from people you know, too!). Most apps also create a nationally sourced database of prominent NPA-NXX phone numbers that are likely being used for phone scams and illegal robocalls, ensuring protection from the prominent scam callers.
Follow these simple steps to stop neighbor spoofing on your iPhone or Android phone:
- Go to the Apple App Store.
- Search for “RoboKiller” and tap “Download”.
- Open the RoboKiller app and tap “Continue” to begin signup.
- If you’re using an iPhone, you’ll be asked to enable RoboKiller’s “Call Blocking & Identification” extensions in your phone Settings.
If you already have RoboKiller, here’s how you can enable Neighbor Spoof Blocking:
- Open the RoboKiller app and go to Settings ⚙️ on the bottom right of the app’s screen.
- Tap Blocking Settings.
- Turn the switch next to Neighbor Spoof Blocking to its ON position.
If your spouse or other family members have phone numbers similar to yours, they will not be blocked as long as their numbers are saved in your contacts.
Additional tips to help identify and avoid neighbor spoofing robocalls.
Besides robocall blocking apps, there are other, less effective ways to stop scammers and telemarketers using spoofed numbers that look local.
1. Don’t answer calls from phone numbers you don’t recognize. Let the call go to voicemail even if a number appears to be local.
2. Neighbor spoofed calls can appear to be coming doctor’s offices, pharmacies, local law enforcement, or even your child’s school. If you aren’t 100% sure whether the call is legitimate, ignore the call and check the voicemail if the caller leaves one.
3. Register your number with the National Do Not Call Registry. Most spam calls originate from illegal operations who pay no attention to this government list. However, it may cut down the number of calls you received from legitimate telemarketers.
What if a spammer makes spoof calls using your number?
Because spammers are spoofing local numbers, there’s a chance one might mimic your own phone number. If this happens, people may call and ask why you called them.
Obviously, that can be confusing to both parties. Knowing that your number could be spoofed helps mitigate this uncomfortable situation.
RoboKiller is the #1 solution to stop your neighbor spoofing problem
RoboKiller is the #1 app to stop the spam calls and neighbor spoofing madness. Unlike most robocall blocker apps, RoboKiller is designed to valiantly fight illegal scammers, spammers, and robocallers.
With RoboKiller, you can effectively block neighbor spoofing spam calls and take revenge on the illegal spammers responsible for the epidemic.
How does RoboKiller do this? Well, the app uses a highly sophisticated (and also patented and award-winning) Audio Fingerprinting system to analyze the audio of every single spam call. While the numbers may be spoofed, the actual call is almost always the same. They come from a robocall or even a call center somewhere in another country.
RoboKiller uses this “fingerprint” to tell if the call is from a good guy or a bad, regardless of the phone number it appears to be originating from.
What does that mean for you?
RoboKiller can tell you which NPA-NXX calls are the ones you want and which you don’t. It’s like a sniper rifle solution instead of the sledgehammer approach.
There is nothing you need to do except sit back and know that with RoboKiller you’re getting the industry’s best spam and neighbor spoof call protection.
With RoboKiller, you don’t stop neighbor spoofing. You take action in the fight against the robocall epidemic.
5.26 billion robocalls were made in November 2018. That’s nearly 21 spam calls for every person.
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if telemarketers and spammers finally closed their doors? Making phone and personal information theft unprofitable is the path toward this reality.
When you use RoboKiller, you do not block neighbor spoofing from reaching your smartphone. You make a significant impact on the worldwide epidemic of illegal spam calls, and help prevent other individuals from getting scammed over the phone.
RoboKiller users can drain financial resources, countless hours, and erode the morale of unlawful spam callers. Each year, the 90,000+ people who trust RoboKiller’s powerful spam call protection, drain over 10,000 hours of spammers time.
If you fight for a phone free from spam calls, we highly recommended you try RoboKiller today.