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This Is How You Give Criminals Access to Your Phone Without Knowing

Forwarding Your Phone Access Scam: How It Works

There is a very dangerous scam going on this week. It involves your phone service provider. The scam makes victims give criminals access to their device without knowing.

Imagine this scenario: You receive a phone call from somebody claiming to be a technician with your phone line provider. He says they are running a test for a given reason and requires you to cooperate, for a minute or so. "We're launching a new feature meant to save you money on your future bills", he might say.

The integrity of the call is not questioned in the first place because the scammer uses a trick named Caller ID spoofing, which shows the name of the phone service provider on your screen. This way, when the phone rings, many people see the name of their trusted company and feel it is a legitimate call.

Watch the video below to see exactly what the Caller ID Spoofing is, along with tips on what to do if it's too late:

Caller ID Spoofing Scam In The News Video

Back to the scam. After the 'technician' presents the situation and your future benefits for cooperating on this, you accept - since it's in your interest. After a couple of fake verification questions, the caller asks you to press a couple of keys on your phone's keypad. (e.g.,. "9", "0" and then "#").

Depending on the state or country you are living in, the keys combination is forwarding your phone number to the scammers' phone number. After you press the keys giving them access, they will be able to call any long-distance number on your account.

 

Forwarding Your Phone Access Scam: 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. The phone service providers don't do such random tests.

 

Forwarding Your Phone Access Scam: 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:

Report To The FTC Here

 

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