When a phone scammer spoofs a phone number, has there ever been a case where the actual owner of that phone number was mistakenly arrested?

What if a scammer spoofed my number to make a bomb threat somewhere, could the call be mistakenly traced back to me? Or will the calls always be traced back to the scammer?

2 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Sure **** happens all the time but it's covered up

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  • Adrian
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Hard to answer, but there would be proof from your phone company that your phone did not make the actual call, so no grounds to arrest you.

    That said, some police departments are small, local types, and may not have the resources at first to determine this.

    Tracing to the scammer would be difficult, as a spoofed number most likely came from some VOIP provider, which over the Internet is a lot harder to track down. Not impossible, just takes a lot more work.... Unless of course, it was against a top government official, in which case national police forces would track it down real quick...

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