Be Aware of Wrong Number Texts Scams

Have you ever received a text message from a number you don’t recognize? It might start with something like, “Hey, are we still meeting for coffee later?” or “Sorry, I think I texted the wrong number.” If you respond, the scammer will likely try to keep the conversation going and eventually ask for personal information or money.

This is called a “wrong number” text scam. Scammers use this tactic to trick people into thinking they’re talking to someone they know, which makes them more likely to be scammed.

How the Scam Works

The scammer will send a text message to a random number. The message will be something that is likely to get a response, such as a question about a meeting or an apology for texting the wrong number.

Once the victim responds, the scammer will start a conversation. They will try to build rapport with the victim and make them feel comfortable. In a lot of cases these conversations are started with a Chat Bot until the hook gets set. They may also ask for personal information, such as your name, address, or phone number.

Eventually, the scammer will ask for money. They may say that they need help with a medical emergency, or they may claim to be a government official who needs the victim’s payment to process a refund.

How to Avoid the Scam

There are a few things you can do to avoid falling victim to a wrong number text scam:

  • Don’t respond to texts from unknown numbers.  Just delete the text.  If you do respond, be very careful about what information you share.
  • Never give out your personal information, such as your Social Security number, bank account number, or credit card number, to someone you don’t know.
  • Be suspicious of any requests for money. If someone asks you for money, even if they say they’re a government official, hang up and contact the agency directly to verify.

What Happens If I Text Back a Scammer?

If you text back a scammer, you’re giving them confirmation that your number is active. This means that they’re more likely to keep texting you or even sell your number to other scammers.

In addition, if you give the scammer any personal information, they can use it to commit identity theft or other crimes.

How to Protect Yourself

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from wrong number text scams:

  • Use a spam filter. This will help to block unwanted texts from reaching your phone.
  • Don’t share your phone number online. This will help to prevent scammers from getting your number in the first place.
  • Be careful about what information you share on social media. Scammers can use this information to target you with scams.
  • Be suspicious of any texts that seem too good to be true. If a text message promises you a lot of money or a free prize, it’s probably a scam.

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