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FULTON – Fulton
County Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Courts, Cathelene “Tina” Robinson
(Atlanta Judicial Circuit), announces a phone scammer alert, effective
immediately, for all Fulton County, Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas.
reports have been made to the office of the Clerk of Superior and Magistrate
Courts stating that callers, presenting themselves as “Special Investigators” or
members of the Clerk’s Office, have contacted constituents requesting personal
information (e.g. SSN, dates of birth, etc.) and/or funds to avoid citations,
liens or arrest; a technique known as “spoofing.” The FCC (Federal
Communications Commission) reports that scammers often use the spoofing technique
to contact random consumers. Caller ID spoofing occurs when a
caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to a caller ID
display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an
attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it
can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally, but also can be used
legitimately, for example, to display the toll-free number for a business.
should understand that the office of the Clerk of Superior and Magistrate
Courts will never request personal information or solicit funds for service by telephone.
All inquiries or requests from The Clerk’s Office are made in writing (via
mailings or email notices) and constituents are asked to contact the office
should they receive any unfamiliar or alarming correspondences.
should not be alarmed, the Clerk of Courts, Cathelene “Tina” Robinson, encourages
all citizens to remain aware and take action.
“As the Clerk
of two extremely high volume courts, one of my main concerns has always been
the protection of information related to the people that I serve. Successfully
combating phone imposter scams of all types, including spoofing, will take a
collective effort and the first step is through awareness and education. I also
urge anyone who feels that they have been a victim of spoofing to report it
their local authorities and the FCC.”
To learn about caller spoofing and other types of phone scams, please visit the Federal Communications Commission at www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/spoofing-and-caller-id.