Do you get a lot of scam phone calls each day? I usually get the calls to "update my Google listing"...OR, it's to extend the warranty on my 2005 Honda Pilot. You know, the one I totaled when I hit that deer back in 2015.
The folks at BeenVerified analyzed over 157,000 suspicious text messages and phone calls made over the past two years. Results determined that 12 phone numbers stood out as particularly problematic, with each using a different variation of increasingly common scam tactics, including package delivery notifications, IRS warnings, and bogus prize winnings. While identifying these numbers likely won't stop scammers entirely, you can personally protect yourself with this information
(865) 630-4266 - Seeing any communication from your bank can quickly catch your attention, even in a sea of unread messages. But according to the report, scammers have used this number to say a victim's Wells Fargo account has been frozen due to suspicious activity. In this case, BeenVerified recommends not clicking any links attached to the message and instead calling the bank's customer service line listed on their genuine website.
(469) 709-7630 - Failed delivery attempt text messages have become a common form of spam that aims to scam people out of their money and personal information. In this case, texts from this number usually used the person's name or the name of a loved one to get their attention before asking them to call a bogus customer service number.
(805) 637-7243 - The Publishers Clearing House became iconic for its commercials showing people receiving giant prize money checks. Unfortunately, scammers used this number in an attempt to dupe victims into believing they had won the contest themselves with promises of "$7 million, a Mercedes, and $7,000 a week for life." However, this number wasn't limited to just one type of scam. In some cases, the digits also claimed to be a representative from Visa's fraud department warning that an unclaimed bill could lead to the freezing of a customer's assets.
(858) 605-9622 - In another bank-related scam, this number was found claiming to represent major institutions, including PNC Bank, Wells Fargo, and Chase, warning that an account had been placed on hold. The messages used urgent language in an attempt to shock potential victims into handing over their sensitive information.
(863) 532-7969 - No one likes the idea of having their card declined when they go to make a purchase. That's why scammers sent messages from this number claiming to be from an unspecified bank warning that a person's debit card had been frozen.
(904) 495-2559 - Scams don't always rely on negative news to lure in victims. The report found that messages from this number used a person's name to claim they had won a special raffle prize from AT&T, noting that it was also used to push a similarly worded scam.
(312) 339-1227 - Two different scams were found to be related to this number. One pushed a complimentary bottle of a weight loss product that can help shed "17 pounds in the first two weeks," while the other used a generic shipping notification saying a package requires address verification.
(917) 540-7996 - Arguably, no movie has made the prospect of getting a sinister call from a stranger more frightening than the Scream franchise. But according to the report, this number brought the terror to life by placing calls claiming to be from the movies' murderous villain, using the recipient's name and claiming to be hiding near them. While this might seem like the worst kind of call to receive, it wasn't actually a scam. It turns out the calls were part of a viral marketing stunt to promote the release of Scream VI last year. In fact, the campaign was so effective that a few recipients actually called 911 out of fear, per The Hollywood Reporter.
(347) 437-1689 - Some scams rely on a combination of tricky elements to confuse their intended targets. In this case, recipients said this number sent texts claiming a Dyson vacuum couldn't be delivered because the person owed a small amount in unpaid taxes before requesting personal information via a link to a phishing website.
(301) 307-4601 - The anxiety of ensuring your packages stay safe has been turned into a tactic to defraud people. In yet another version of the scam, this number sent text messages claiming to be from the U.S. Postal Service, saying that a parcel was being held due to an address issue.
(878) 877-1402 - Sometimes, scams can incorporate personal details to catch your attention and get you to respond. The report found that texts from this number often used the target's cell phone number in the message when alerting them their bankcard had supposedly been locked. One recipient reported she was duped into calling the provided number, only to hang up when the scammer on the other end began asking for her account PIN.
(202) 221-7923 - Scammers using financial issues as potential bait don't only rely on bank accounts and debit cards. Respondents said they received calls from this number claiming they were eligible for student loan forgiveness—before creating urgency by saying wages could be withheld if they didn't reply.
Block these numbers and don't get scammed! You're welcome....