ALERT: "Spoofing" Scam Makes Calls Appear to Come From City of Oak Ridge


June 10, 2017

The public should be aware they may get phone calls from local telephone numbers with a 425 prefix and title of "CITY OF OAK RIDGE." One of the numbers indicated as being called from is (865) 425-1892, with a recorded message stating the person has won a trip or something of value. 

This call IS NOT from the City of Oak Ridge, rather it is a scam which utilizes "spoofing" software. Caller ID "spoofing" is technology that causes the telephone network to indicate to the receiver of the call that the originator of the call is a station other than the true originating station. In other words, the software allows the caller to program the caller ID to any message or originating title. 

Again, (865) 425-1892 IS NOT a number associated with the City of Oak Ridge. Persons who receive these calls should hang up immediately and ignore any recorded message from the caller.