Fraud Prevention: New technology will help fight spam calls

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The federal telecommunications regulator says new technology will help reduce the frequency and impact of caller ID spoofing.

“Spoofing” is when a caller hides their identity by displaying fake or altered phone numbers on a call display when making a call.

It is commonly used to trick unsuspecting victims into believing that they are receiving a legitimate telephone call from the government or their bank.

The CRTC said the telecommunications service providers will certify whether a caller’s identity can be trusted by verifying the caller ID information for internet protocol-based voice calls.

It adds that as service providers upgrade their networks and offer compatible phones to their customers, more Canadians will be able to see the effects of the new technology.

The federal regulator is working with the industry to trace nuisance calls back to their points of origin.

CRTC chairperson Ian Scott said “this new caller ID technology will empower Canadians to determine which calls are legitimate and worth answering, and which need to be treated with caution.”

The CRTC cautioned that Canadians should never provide personal information such as banking information or social insurance numbers over the phone without first verifying that the request is legitimate.

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