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'Spoofing' Making Caller ID Less Trustworthy

Last fall, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy 's office started getting phone calls from constituents who complained about receiving recorded phone messages that bad-mouthed Murphy.The constituents were especially upset that the messages appeared to come from the congressman's own office. At least, that's what Caller ID said."People thought we were making the calls," Murphy said.The calls, which the Pennsylvania Republican estimated in the thousands, were apparently placed with fake Caller ID. That has been possible for a long time, but it generally required special hardware and technical savvy.In the last few years, Caller ID spoofing has become much easier. Millions of people have Internet telephone equipment that can be set to make any number appear on a Caller ID system. And several Web sites have sprung up to provide Caller ID spoofing services, eliminating the need for any special hardware.For instance, Spoofcard.com sells a virtual "calling card" for $10 that provides 60 minutes of talk time....

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