Spoofed Calls: How They Work
Did you get calls on your mobile phone displaying numbers that look similar to yours, maybe one-two digits off? Here is the scam exposed, with a great video. Learn how to stop spoofing calls, how to report a phone number that keeps calling, and how to stop getting calls from unknown numbers.
If you’ve received calls from numbers with the same area code and with the same exact first 3-4 digits like yours, criminals have realized that you are more likely to respond. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in action the scam exposed:
Here is how a woman named Sally Funkhouser Springob exposed the scam perfectly on Facebook, explaining her weird experience:
“Today my husband and I both received phone calls from phone numbers that were just one number different from ours. I missed one call and later called it back. A guy answered and said he never called me. Hours later this number called again.”
“When we answered them it was an automated recording telling us we qualified for credit cards and/or a program that would lower the interest rate of our current credit cards.”
“Something just didn’t add up, so I called AT&T. They said there is a big problem with hackers right now who are able to make calls and make it look like it’s coming from an authentic number. It’s called “phishing” and “spoofing”. AT&T has been aware of this for a while now. They have tightened their security on EVERY customer’s account and law enforcement has been working with them closely to put an end to this.”
“Something she made me aware of is that some hackers are able to make their number show up as “611” which is AT&T customer service. Then they are asking customers to verify their account by giving them their passcode and last four of their social!!!!!!!! PLEASE DONT DO THIS!!”
“The lady I spoke with today said AT&T would NEVER call you to verify your account and ask for that kind of information. SO PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!!! There is also a new form of hacking through text messages, called smishing.”
“The hackers monitor the websites you visit and then send you a text with a deal or special to visit that website. When you click on the link the site may look like an authentic website, but the second you make a purchase… they have your information!!!”
In a different variation of the scam, you might receive calls that come from your own number.
How To Stop Spoofing Calls/ How To Stop Getting Calls From Unknown Numbers
There are a couple of mobile apps that do a pretty good job at stopping spoofed calls these days. Go to the AppStore or GooglePlay Marketplace and download Mr. Number (here are the iPhone and Android apps) and TrueCaller (iPhone and Android). You’ll be happy you did it.
How To Report A Phone Number That Keeps Calling:
Warn your friends know about these phone numbers by adding them into the Comments section on this page and by sharing this article. You can also officially report telemarketers to the Federal Communications Commission using the link below:
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