Automated calls have become so common that they have entered pop culture. You’ll find memes and jokes about auto warranty calls on social media. They are good laughs, but the situation is getting serious.
Last summer, the Federal Trade Commission forced the nation’s largest mobile carriers to use the technology to fight robocalls. Here we are nearing the end of the year, and it looks like nothing has changed. What happened? Tap or click here to find out.
Have you ever received a text from a stranger asking for someone you don’t know? According to the Better Business Bureau, you can think of it as a bad number, but it could be a scam.
Wrong number? Not really
The Better Business Bureau publishes a scam alert concerning “wrong number” SMS. Here is how the scheme works. You receive an SMS from a number that you do not recognize. The sender says he met you on a dating site and chatted at some point. Now they are here and want to meet.
The polite thing to do is put them back in order, right? Respectfully tell them they have the wrong number. But after you respond, you will get kind words and maybe even suggestive photos of someone. Any messages you send will be ignored.
The truth is, the person on the other end isn’t even a person. It’s a chatbot that will try to get you to sign up on a dating or adult site so you can get closer to them and get even more photos. Their end goal is to get your credit card information.
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Don’t fall into the trap
The above is just one example of this type of scam. There are others like that, and more will be developed as people adapt. However, you don’t need to know all the scams to protect yourself. Just take the necessary precautions and follow these tips:
- If you receive a text from a strange number, ignore it. Answering could put you on a list and you will receive more scam calls.
- Block phone numbers that send suspicious messages, especially if they contain links.
- Never give out personal or financial information to a stranger over the phone or text message.
- If you receive a suspicious text message or are the victim of a scam, report it to bbb.org/scamtracker
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