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A Method and Apparatus for Certifying a Caller ID and Displaying Readable Names to Phones for Fraudulent Controls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000193759D
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for phone users to identify any publicly known caller without knowing the caller's phone number, and to certify the validity of the caller in case of fraudulent call.The method described will help people to determine the validity of the caller ID showing up from incoming calls.

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A Method and Apparatus for Certifying a Caller ID and Displaying Readable Names to Phones for Fraudulent Controls

Currently, fraudulent calls may change the caller ID signal sent to trick people to believe that the call is from some agency such as a credit card company or government offices. There are no known solution to this except to educate the public to be aware of prank calls. Most companies today uses a wide range of phone numbers as their caller id when making external calls. The call receiver on the other hand, can only receive phone number identification of the caller.

     The goal of the disclosed method, in simple terms, is to allow the call receiver to obtain a more user-friendly and readable caller id such as the name of the Caller (in this case, the name of the company). To achieve the goal, two servers located in the telephone service company is required.

     Fig.1 shows a Decoder server and a Naming database look-up server. A signature file will have to be created and stored on the calling phone (office phone or cel phone). That signature file can be created through a number of ways (all are known methods) ie: tie the device factory ID, a user-defined passcode, Sim Card number, and scramble it to a encrypted signature file. The Decoder server serves to decode the encrypted signature file received from each caller to see if it is valid by comparing with the signature file stored in the Decoder server. The Naming database server act like a central phone book with publicly known phone numbers and their matching names stored. The Naming database can receive inputs from any company who wishes to have the name registered to...