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Phone number fraud prevention is a critical security tool that prevents unauthorized access to pre-registered telephone numbers. Scammers often call users and try to entice them to hand over personal identifying information.

In addition to the risk of identity theft, phone numbers can be used to install malware or scam users into giving away their credit card details. The Federal Trade Commission received 1.8 million fraud complaints in 2021, 36 percent of which involved phone calls.

A shady operator can blast out millions of robocalls for a few dollars a day. These con artists may masquerade as government agencies and even Washington, DC, but they’re calling from anywhere in the world.

Many of these numbers are spoofed. They’re a way for fraudsters to bypass the cellular provider’s security. Some callers may pretend to be an employee of a company you’ve dealt with before. If you receive a spoofed number, never call back.

When you receive a suspicious phone call, check the internet or your blue pages. If you see a spoofed number, block it. Never give out private information to anyone who calls you.

Fraudsters often search for phone numbers through the Internet. This is known as a reverse phone lookup. Reverse lookups identify temporary or disposable numbers and are usually associated with suspicious behavior, such as fraudulent payments, fake accounts, and chargebacks.

IPQS, an industry-leading source of phone number intelligence, offers a range of services to protect users and websites from suspicious payments and high-risk users. It combines advanced phone number risk scoring with risk analysis tools to detect and mitigate high-risk behavior.