Recently a local television news channel aired a story about a Web site that enables a person, for a fee, to choose a cell phone number, use any name of their choosing, and when they make a phone call, the person whom they are calling will see a false name on the caller ID. To demonstrate how well this works, the news crew purchased a number which showed them as being an Oklahoma City bank. They were able to fool several people, including law enforcement.

This raises many questions. Why is this online company in business in the first place? Are there not laws which would terminate such a business? Of course there are countless cell phone scams in place. One would hope most people are informed enough to never give out personal information over the phone, cellular or otherwise. Perhaps many people aren't aware that if they are, by chance, a victim of a defrauder, they do have options. At victims can present their case and be matched with an attorney best suited to their needs. The questionairre takes about 20 minutes to fill out. Tips can also be found at this web site on how to avoid being the victim of a scam in the first place.

With the amount of time and effort these defrauders use to come up with new and innovative ways to scam the general public, one would think they could use their power for good. But that would be too easy. As with any other kind of fraud, the public may never be able to get rid of it, but they can arm themselves against it.