Spoofing/Scamming: That's Not Who You Think It Is Calling!
At one time spoofing was a call from a number across the country, then the calls were within the area that you lived in and now the caller ID shows them as a person (including yourself) or an establishment you might do business with. What will they think of next?
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/spoofing-and-caller-id), “Caller ID spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity.” The FCC also lists many tips on how to avoid spoofing scams: what to say, what not to do, and how to report a spoof or scam.
And the spoofing and scamming continues. If you're interested in finding out what the latest reported spoofs or scams are, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers an updated list of the most recent spoofing/scam alerts on their website: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts