The phone rings. You check caller ID before answering, but the voice on the other line is not who you expected. Caller IDs can be faked or spoofed, just like e-mails, so the number you read on the screen may not be that of the actual caller. Thieves can use caller ID spoofing to activate credit cards, making it appear as though theyâ€™re calling from the accountâ€™s home telephone number. They can use the same tactic to authorize cash transfers from a stolen credit card. Companies who provide the service claim it’s for entertainment purposes only, but how much entertainment can it really provide? Itâ€™s hard to imagine too many people willing to pay money over and over again to make people think theyâ€™re calling from the White House. One of the main reasons people pay for caller ID is to be able to screen their calls, so if spoofing becomes widespread, the value of caller ID will diminish. Telephone companies complain that a single call can be carried by several providers, making it hard for them to trace, but that is precisely what enables spoofing to occur in the first place. The responsibility rests squarely on the shoulders of the telephone companies who are charging their customers for a service that is not providing accurate information. It is up to them to find a reasonable solution.