What is a Google Voice Verification Code Scam

Google Voice is a popular online phone service that allows users to make and receive calls and texts from a web browser or mobile device. However, there is a scam that involves Google Voice verification codes that can be used to steal your personal information.

How the scam works

The scam typically starts when you are selling something online. A potential buyer will contact you and seem interested in your item. They may ask you to send them a verification code that Google Voice has sent to your phone. The scammer will then use this code to create a Google Voice account in your name.

Once the scammer has created the account, they can use it to make calls and send texts pretending to be you. They can also use it to access your other online accounts, such as your bank account or email account.

How to avoid the scam

There are a few things you can do to avoid this scam:

  • Never give out your Google Voice verification code to anyone you don’t know. Google employees will never ask for this code.
  • Be suspicious of anyone who asks you to send them a verification code.
  • If you think you have been a victim of this scam, you should report it to Google and to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). You can also contact your bank or credit card company to report any fraudulent activity.

Tips for staying safe

Here are some tips for staying safe from Google Voice verification code scams:

  • Be careful about who you give your personal information to. Only provide your contact information to people you trust.
  • Be suspicious of any unsolicited emails or text messages. If you receive an email or text message from someone you don’t know, don’t click on any links or open any attachments.
  • Be aware of the latest scams. Scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to steal your personal information. Stay informed about the latest scams so you can spot them and avoid them.

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