Caller ID: Do you really know who’s calling?

When a number appears on your Caller ID, you take it at face value, right? Well you might wish to rethink this policy after reading this article. Apparently it works much like an anonymizer for your telephone. I think this is pretty scary. Imagine, Caller ID being rendered useless almost overnight.

This week, a company is launching technology that will make it possible for someone to choose what appears on phones that have Caller ID, the feature for displaying identifying information about an incoming call. It could be a different phone number, or even a few words, said Jason Jepson, founder of Star38, which has developed the commercial Caller ID spoofing service.

Sales of Star38 will be limited to licensed private investigators and collection agencies, Jepson said. The service will cost $20 a month plus airtime charges.