Scam artists use fake numbers to get your cash

Posted at 11:43 AM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 08:05:41-04

We've alerted you about this before. 

Scammers call and pose as somebody from the IRS on the other end of the line, claiming you owe money to Uncle Sam. They then threaten you with legal action, saying if you don't pay up, you'll be thrown behind bars. 

Unfortunately, many people fall for this. And it's not difficult for any charlatan to "fake" their number.

Take Burner for example. Burner is an app you can download on your Android or iPhone that allows you to purchase real phone numbers. This way, you don't have to give out your real number and private information to the public. Once you are done, you, "burn" the phone number. 

There's also Sideline. This app allows you to pick a number within your area code, and allows you to see who is calling and texting you on that second line. 

If you want a phone number that is legit, there are a few websites for that. Fakephonenumber.net and Fakenumber.org just to name a few.

Scammers use apps such as Burner because it's much more difficult for law enforcement to track. 

In other words, be careful as to who you talk to over the phone. They may try to mislead you.