How the scam works:
You might receive a phone call from somebody claiming to be a technician with your telephone line provider. He will say they are running a test for a given reason and require you to cooperate, for a minute or so. The caller will ask you to press a couple of keys on the phone’s keypad. (e.g.,. “9”, “0” and then “#”).
Depending on the state or country you are living in, the combination required just forwards your phone number to the scammers’ phone number. After you press the keys, they will be able to call any long-distance number on your account.
How to avoid:
Never do such a thing for somebody you don’t know and just make sure you are familiar with the prefixes used by your telephone provider.
How to report:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the link below:
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