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Cell, or google voice scam?

7,534 3,229 October 10, 2017 at 03:28 PM
I get this guy that calls my google voice, forwarded to my cell:

Me: "Hello?"
Him: "Hello .... who is this?"
Me: "Who is this?" (don't recognize the #)
Him: "He's like, you called me"
Me: "No, you called me."
Him: "Oh, weird."
Me: "Ok, bye"

Get off phone thinking SCAM of some sort.

2min later I get text messages:

Him: "Wait, Joe is that you? (emoticon smiley) I didn't dial you"
Him: "Says you called me but I didn't answer"

And then he sends an image with a screenshot of his call log, with a missed call, then another call with voicemail, left from my google voice number. I haven't used my google voice to make an outgoing call in like forever. I checked my google voice log just to make sure, and no outgoing calls.

Sound familiar to anyone? Just looking for the scam angle on this one. A quick search on Google voice scams didn't bring up anything obvious. I assume someone looking to pull something, with photoshopping, on a random# in same area code, but didn't get me to take the bait and release personal info. The other more troubling angle would be: any way for someone to clone my google voice # and scam other people?

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Someone could be spoofing your google number for spamming\scamming.
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I think it's that caller id app.
I used it for a short time and it will ask users to input names to numbers it doesn't know.
Since GV uses random numbers when calling out I would get all kinds of names.
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It's strange. I think that Yanksin is right. Looks like somebody hacked you. I used to have the similar problem with my Skype. Somebody has sent a lot of spam from my acc, but the password was old, so I've just switched the pass and now it's ok.
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Someone could be spoofing your google number for spamming\scamming.
My money is on this or a variation of it. It got really bad this summer, spammers were spoofing local area codes for their telemarketing. I had a few instances of people calling me back when I didn't call them. I eventually got to the point where I didn't answer my phone unless it was someone or a business i recognized or was expecting. Sadly this isn't exclusive to google voice and there isn't anything you can do about it.
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FYI, this has only happened once. You'd think that if someone spoofed my phone#, they would have scammed a bunch of people with the my same number (and I would get more weird calls). I hadn't received any similar unknown calls prior to this one (or since). Makes me think my initial instinct was correct, and he's randomly calling numbers and trying to get someone to engage in a conversation that eventually leads to scam, rather than spoofing my number.

How do they even spoof your number? Wouldn't they need to essentially create a cloned SIM or something? It's not like they hacked google.
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FYI, this has only happened once. You'd think that if someone spoofed my phone#, they would have scammed a bunch of people with the my same number (and I would get more weird calls). I hadn't received any similar unknown calls prior to this one (or since). Makes me think my initial instinct was correct, and he's randomly calling numbers and trying to get someone to engage in a conversation that eventually leads to scam, rather than spoofing my number.

How do they even spoof your number? Wouldn't they need to essentially create a cloned SIM or something? It's not like they hacked google.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caller_ID_spoofing

Google is your friend. It is not hard or costly these days. And the last thing they want to do is spoof one person 100s of times and go from mild annoyance to major that might draw the attention of law enforcement\the government. It is just as easy for them to spoof 100 different numbers randomly to 100 different people.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caller_ID_spoofing

Google is your friend. It is not hard or costly these days. And the last thing they want to do is spoof one person 100s of times and go from mild annoyance to major that might draw the attention of law enforcement\the government. It is just as easy for them to spoof 100 different numbers randomly to 100 different people.
Thanks, hard to keep up with all the scam angles these days, that's why I asked. Better to just not answer the phone when unrecognized, which is my standard response 99.99% of the time. Unfortunately, that doesn't insulate me from any potential consequences of my google voice # being used for scams. Seems like some regulation would apply to the service providers who are facilitating the spoofing techniques.
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Thanks, hard to keep up with all the scam angles these days, that's why I asked. Better to just not answer the phone when unrecognized, which is my standard response 99.99% of the time. Unfortunately, that doesn't insulate me from any potential consequences of my google voice # being used for scams. Seems like some regulation would apply to the service providers who are facilitating the spoofing techniques.
I believe most if not all of the scammers\spammers are based outside the US in countries which are inherently corrupt and encourage\look the other way to such activities. The only way to stop this is for the carriers to implement some form of technology on their end to prevent it.
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Seems heather? from the warranty company is using numbers with the first 3 digits being the same.
I received one yesterday using 266 and a few days before using 266 with different last 4.

The one yesterday I didn't answer and the mail lady received one 10 seconds later using her first 3 digits

Now the next question.

What site has been hacked now? I'm getting the Hi! emails now. I'm sure this is a new one we haven't heard about
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