As technology evolves, criminals find more advanced ways to hack your information and scam you out of your money. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of their new tricks. The latest scam involves calling you from your own phone number.
Cell phone users across the country have been receiving phone calls from their own numbers. Some answer, while others miss the call or purposely ignore it. If you get a phone call from your own number, don’t answer. Even if the curiosity is killing you. Answering could put your personal security at risk.
New Phone Scam
Anson Massey from Waco Texas answered his phone when the caller ID said “me.” He explained, “I picked it up, and there was a voice on the other end, and it said my account had been compromised through AT&T.”
The voice on the other end told Massey, “Your account has been flagged for security purposes. After the tone, please enter the last four digits of the primary account holder’s social security number.”
Massey realized the call was part of a scam and hung up without entering the information. He called AT&T and they confirmed that his account was perfectly fine.
Phylissia Landix from the Better Business Bureau explained how the latest scam works. It’s known as spoofing. “Spoofing is when someone who shouldn’t have it will take a computer program that will disguise a telephone number, and you will get a phone call rom what it looks like yourself,” she said.
Landix went on to explain that the scammers may try to trick you into giving up personal information by posing as your phone company, or they can use technology that adds fraudulent charges onto your next phone bill.
“The longer time you spend on that phone, the greater chances they can get something done and insert the fraudulent charge,” she explained.
How To Avoid Phone Scams
- Do not answer calls from unknown numbers.
- Check your monthly phone bill to make sure the charges are correct.
- Add yourself to the Do Not Call registry.
- Be very cautious about who you give your personal information to over the phone.