A sample scam text that's been proliferating recently. Click through the gallery for a roundup of things you need to know about phone scams. Medicare-related phone scams are regularly evolving, but they always involve separating seniors from their money. The latest scams involve the new Medicare ID cards, which are being shipped to recipients from now to April In some cases, the caller claims to be with Medicare and tells the target that they need to send cash to get their cards.
Which is a lie because the cards are sent free.
Alternatively, they may say the target is due some kind of award, and require their bank info to make the deposit. This phone scam sounds almost too elaborate to work, but it has. The tale unfolds like so: A Chinese-speaking scammer live-calls their target, who is believed to be a well-off businessperson.
The caller claims to be an immigrant to America working construction who has made a startling discovery on the job: buried solid gold ingots or a gold Buddha statue with an inscription examples in the photo above. So they offer to sell the worthless gold to the target for an unbelievable discount: anywhere from thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. San Francisco D. According to the SF D. Within a few weeks of each other, two friends of mine in the Bay Area independently received a text with the same unsolicited photo of a woman's bra-clad, but otherwise exposed, cleavage sent from an area code in central Pennsylvania last month.
Both of them, curious as to the provenance of the boobs, replied and asked who was texting them. It was clear some scam was afoot. But what was it?
There's a new texting scam going around, and it starts with a picture of breasts
They wanted to know the endgame. Wondering what is going on. If you yourself have gotten a similar text out of nowhere and wondered where the trail of breadcrumbs lead — Phishing? Viral marketing? Back to my friends and the boob-texter. In both cases, when they replied saying the Pennsylvanian texter had the wrongthe pictures were followed by a bashful disclaimer, then a flirtatious invitation to continue chatting. I'm so sorry!
The texter then introduced herself as Jen and asked if my friend was also in Sanborn. The town appears to be a section of Woodward Township, Pa. Things continued in this vein for a while, with the scam texter sending replies that didn't really correspond to things my friend was saying namely, trying to get to the bottom of whether she was Amish. Then, finally, the point of the exchange was revealed: Basically, it's a mix between a scam and a marketing scheme, apparently deed to drive the textee to particular channels on a camming site.
Authorities like the Federal Communication Commission say to avoid such scams, do not answer communications from unfamiliar s. You can also report phone scams to your local district attorney's office; the Office of the Attorney General of California has information on where you can report particular grievances.
Some on Reddit say as far as scams go, at least this one comes with fun pictures. For most people, at least. her at fioannou sfchronicle. Screenshot Show More Show Less. Who is? Chinese-born people living in America. The robocalls vary in their voices and scripts, but they boil down to this: the caller claims to be from their local Chinese consulate, and the target is suspected of committing some kind of financial fraud in China, and there may be a warrant for their arrest. Their family back home in China could be punished for their crimes.
That money, once sent, becomes untraceable and nearly impossible to recover. A Palo Alto woman said she was scammed out of an undisclosed sum of money in September Above photo: San Francisco officials warn Chinatown residents of a scam.
Faking it — scammers’ tricks to steal your heart and money
The calls originate from Riverside, Calif. The second most common robocall is from an actual company: Comcast, typically for payment reminders on late bills. That call that seems to be coming from your area code with the first three digits of your phone is probably coming from another country. Neighbor-spoofing robocalls are deed to trick you into answering your phone, then attempting to extract personal information or money. If you answered the phone, the scammers know your phone is active, exposing you to even more calls.
Blocking the offending from your phone does little good, because the scammer will be routinely switching up their s by a digit or two, then calling you again. Other phone providers are expected to follow soon after.
Suspicious robocalls from outside the country would be red-flagged based on a complex algorithm, as would calls from inside the country that have a low rate of being answered. Spam calls entering the country through suspicious private branch exchange operators will be red-flagged, though it will only be a matter of time until scammers try to change up.
Adrian Abramovich of Miami made almost million robocalls within three months in using spoofed s, according to the FCC. The calls claimed to offer travel deals from such established brands as Marriott and TripAdvisor, but when people called the s provided they were sold dubious time shares from foreign call centers that had nothing to do with those companies. Phone scammers have been employing the technology in recent years. The most common neighborhood spoofing robocall in the U.
The robocall-blocking service estimated The scam works like this: a robocaller promises you a too-good-to-be-true rate, inviting you to press a series of s as you might with a customer-service call. These spoof calls display phone s lifted from real IRS calling centers. The common solution is to send a large sum of cash via money order or wire transfer. The caller may be equipped with a fake badge in case you press them for details.
They might also say a warrant has been issued for their arrest. These get-rich-quick calls can either come in the form of a robocall or a live person. You could them be referred to a variety of scams such as sports betting, investment seminars, or investment schemes.
While many robocalls involve scammers pretending to someone else, many more are from legitimate companies. The struggle between industry and consumers is likely to continue in the years ahead. ALSO: This elaborate diamond ring scam has been fooling people in Oakland for years Local Redditors, too, have reported similar missives.