LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A new phone scam is dialing up trouble for unsuspecting victims. In this latest scheme the con artist has found a way to trick you by targeting your caller ID.
Wink News spoke to one woman who hung up on the crooks and called the authorities.
Ginger Smith says she was at work when her cell phone rang and displayed a call from the Lee County Government.
The phone number belonged to the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the caller told Ginger she had a federal judgement against her.
"They had me call 347-828-8460 and ask for Officer 'O Brien. They gave me a case number and everything. Really made it sound legit," she said.
The person on the other end told Smith she had to a pay a fine immediately or she would be arrested. She was then asked to confirm private information.
"I was like, 'Yes that is my social security number. Yes, that's my address. Yes, that's my birthday,'" she said.
But Smith got suspicious and called the real Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Fraud specialist, Beth Schell says smith was the victim of what's called spoofing.
"They will put in a number, whatever number they want. This time it said Lee County Government It makes the recipient think that's who is calling," Schell said.
She says this type of scam is a reminder to residents to always be wary of callers who ask for your personal information.
According to LCSO, Smith's information could have been originally obtained while she used an unsecured WiFi network. If you have received a call and would like to report it, please contact the Sheriff's Office Fraud Line at 239-258-3292.