Old Friend Calling Scam


Old Friend Calling Scam: How It Works

We are living in a time when everyone and their dog are using the smartphone for pretty much everything. It is also the reason many criminals found ways to victimize people worldwide through this device, whether it is via social media platforms, voicemails or simple phone calls. Beware of a new scam happening this week, which may come to you through a voicemail from an ‘old friend’ calling your number. How does the message sound like?

Watch the video in the article below to hear the Old Friend Calling Scam exposed:

Old Friend Voicemail Scam Video 

Your phone beeps as it’s receiving a new call. Before you get the time to answer, the call stops and you get a notification of a voicemail. As you hit play, you hear a voice that may sound like a friend, but you’re not sure who that is.

“Hey old friend, what’s going on? Long time no talk. I was hoping I may catch you but maybe next time. Anyways, last time we connected you were interested in making money online and I just wanted to share this with you.”, he says. What is he talking about? Here is the rest of the message:

“It’s making me over 100,000 a month. I am just going to leave you the website here: www.memberbuilder.net. You should check it out because it doesn’t require you to know any marketing, talk to people on the phone or anything like that. Check out the website again, Members Builder dot net, exactly how it sounds. Hope to catch up with you soon, man!”

Well, isn’t that nice? $100,000 per month? Who wouldn’t do that? Well, the guy who just called you is not your friend, but someone who is trying to push his questionable program onto whoever buys the scheme. Deceptive practices 101.

The website itself is just a platform where naive people are invited to sign up with the promise of making money from the comfort of their home. To register, they are required to pay a fee (a big one, too – over $3,000) so that’s where the trick comes into play. Not to mention the personal information that the victims need to submit.

To legally cover their promises, ’employers’ throw a disclaimer at the end of the pitch – saying the earnings vary – so they can avoid legal actions. If you join the program, which actually exists, but make no money at all, which happens to most cases, then is nothing you can do to recover your investment.

Make Money Online Voicemail Scam: How To Avoid

Promises to make thousands of dollars that easy are always a good hook for victims to jump on the ‘opportunity’. However, if you look on the website of the ’employer’ and see no way of contacting them (no phone number, no physical address, no email) then stay away.

Also, beware of the video testimonials that you may see on their website. Many of those people are hired on platforms like Fivver of Upwork to do fake reviews.


Make Money Online Voicemail Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of the Make Money Online Voicemail Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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1 thought on “Old Friend Calling Scam”

  1. Gary A. Fowler

    This one is easy to avoid. The scammer will never call you by name, just "old friend" and "haven’t talked in a long time." How about NEVER. It’s similar to the international scams that say if you don’t comply with some "government mandate," that they’re going to get you arrested in "your country, your state, and your city," but they never say what any of those are. You can 100 percent safely ignore all such calls where the scammer cannot provide any details about your name or your life, where you work, etc.

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