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Scam Artists Are Trying To Defraud People By Calling Them From Their Own Phone Numbers

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

There’s no denying that cell phones are a huge part of our everyday lives. We use them for communication, play games on them, and even get our news from them.

Unfortunately, as technology has progressed, so have criminals — and they commonly try to get access to our personal information through our phones.

Here at LittleThings, we’ve seen a lot of phone scams: scammers pretending to be kidnappers, the IRS, even family members trapped in foreign countries. I thought we’d seen it all.

I was wrong.

Scam artists are always coming up with some new scheme to trick innocent people out of their money, and this time is no different.

Instead of claiming to be someone else, this time scammers are pretending to be you.

That’s right, they’re calling from your own phone number, hoping that will confuse you enough that you’ll pick up. Keep reading to learn more.

[H/T: Country Living]

If you ever get a call from your own phone number, do not pick up.

There’s a good chance it’s a scam — so whatever you do, don’t answer.

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Here’s how the scam works: Criminals copy or spoof your phone number, then call you using those digits.

Once you pick up, the really malicious activity begins.

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Scammers will claim that they are your phone account and tell you there’s been a data breach.

Then, they’ll ask you to “verify” your account by giving them sensitive information.

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They may ask for your credit card information, your bank account number, or your social security number.

If you do answer — accidentally or on purpose — do not give out any of this information.

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Chances are, the phone call will sound pretty legitimate. It’s not.

Don’t be convinced by the caller, even if it’s a robotic voice.

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If you’re worried about your account security, hang up the potential scam call and dial the customer service number on your phone statement — this will guarantee that you’re talking to someone who is actually part of the company.

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Another way scammers have convinced people to answer is by spoofing the area code of your phone number.

You might see this and assume, “Oh, it must be a friend from home!”

Think again. If you don’t recognize the number, see if they leave a message — you can always call back if it is a real person from home.

Please SHARE this article with any friends you think might fall for a scam like this!