The internet makes it easy for criminals to approach from anywhere to illegally obtain your money or personal data, and a retired police officer is pointing out some of the more dubious ways that scammers use smartphones to fool innocent people.
Dave has spoken directly to hundreds of scammers in an attempt to understand what they do, so that he can help the public avoid falling victim to their scams.
His tactics are varied and sophisticated enough to convince even the smartest people.
Dave, who resides in Canada, received a call from a number disguised as a local call. When he responded, a voice told him he was in trouble unless he spoke to a government agent about his bank account.
The caller pretended to be in Service Canada’s investigation department. In this case, the scammer told Dave that his accounts were related to serious crimes. In the US, many scammers identify themselves as members of the FBI.
The scammer even set up a fake call with a local police officer, while waiting on hold.
Together, the robber team explained that Dave’s money needed to be moved to a secure government account.
Dave’s advice is that you should never get involved with these scammers. A correct piece of information, even a name or your correct city, with your phone number can be used to find it on social media and gather even more information.
If the call seems real, ask for a name and then hang up. Use a different phone to call the agency or bank directly to verify the identity of the caller.
Always look up the number of a bank or police department yourself, rather than dialing one provided by the caller. The police will never call someone on the phone to threaten to arrest them. Your bank will never call you to ask you to release information. And government agencies won’t call you to help secure your funds.
Sometimes scammers will hijack your phone and your verification call to any number will be diverted to them without you knowing it was done. If you understand the scam and refuse to provide information or follow instructions, you will be less likely to ever be a victim of one of these scams.
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