Phony 911 Emergency Call On Caller ID

A call that shows 911 Emergency on caller ID startles a Bellevue woman. She feared it was bad news. It was but not the kind she expected.

The call didn't come for a 911 operator but from a suspected scam. The spoof number is intended to trick potential victims into answering. The call then claims that there's a federal warrant out for the victim if they don't pay a fine.

Ginny Davis received three calls, all showing emergency 911 on her caller ID. Ginny said, "I thought they were call me because a family member had been hurt. I was scared."

Sarpy County Communications Director Larry Lavelle said no outgoing calls register as 911 on caller ID. 911 operators who call back use administration phones that show restricted or Sarpy county.

That's why the phony calls concern him. Lavelle said, "A citizen may think there's some validity to what the spoofer or con artist is saying to them because when they ring back it came up to our 911 center."

Lavelle said he will contact the cell carrier to find out how the 911 emergency call number can be spoofed and show up on caller ID.

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