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New (to me) Craigslist scam. How's it work.

Thare520 3,135 724 July 6, 2012 at 08:11 PM
My wife and I run a small cleaning business. I saw an ad on CL looking for someone to do a once a week cleaning so I sent an email. The responded via text and ask if it was a good time to call. I responded yes. They then text: "Okay u wll receive a code frm my mobile service provider just text me d code wen u get it,so i can verify ur number so i can call on low rate". I knew something was fishy so I called the number and it was a GV number. What's the scam here?

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sounds to me like he's trying to open up a google voice account using your phone number... probably obvious, but i wouldn't give him the code. either that, or just add your number to his google voice account for some strange reason (scam somebody else, and then change where the number goes in google voice... i.e. have it go to him initially, and then after scamming the person change the destination to your number, so now you'll get the angry phonecalls via google voice about the scam)
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sounds to me like he's trying to open up a google voice account using your phone number... probably obvious, but i wouldn't give him the code. either that, or just add your number to his google voice account for some strange reason (scam somebody else, and then change where the number goes in google voice... i.e. have it go to him initially, and then after scamming the person change the destination to your number, so now you'll get the angry phonecalls via google voice about the scam)
Good point. Didn't think about him wanting the verification number that google would send. I didn't give him the code, but it was my GV number he was calling anyway.
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yeah it may be a stretch (plus I didn't think you could add a GV # to another GV account), but it sure does seem fishy
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Quote from Thare187 View Post :
My wife and I run a small cleaning business. I saw an ad on CL looking for someone to do a once a week cleaning so I sent an email. The responded via text and ask if it was a good time to call. I responded yes. They then text: "Okay u wll receive a code frm my mobile service provider just text me d code wen u get it,so i can verify ur number so i can call on low rate". I knew something was fishy so I called the number and it was a GV number. What's the scam here?
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sounds to me like he's trying to open up a google voice account using your phone number... probably obvious, but i wouldn't give him the code. either that, or just add your number to his google voice account for some strange reason (scam somebody else, and then change where the number goes in google voice... i.e. have it go to him initially, and then after scamming the person change the destination to your number, so now you'll get the angry phonecalls via google voice about the scam)
For verification for GV, wouldn't OP have to enter the code when the GV machine prompts him to? Just texting the number to the scammer will not allow GV to "accept" the number as verified.
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For verification for GV, wouldn't OP have to enter the code when the GV machine prompts him to? Just texting the number to the scammer will not allow GV to "accept" the number as verified.
IIRC, when you connect your cell number to GV, it sends a text to that cell and you need to input that code online. The scammer was trying to link my cell phone number to their GV account by sending the code to my cell and having me read it back to him.
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dumb method to do this.

prepaid cards/phones are as low as $10...
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dumb method to do this.

prepaid cards/phones are as low as $10...
Maybe he's just getting started in his scamming career and can't afford the $10 yet. You have to start somewhere!
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