Online marketplaces have made it easier to unload your old stuff. Setting up an account is easy, and it can all be done from the comfort of your home. Even if you work full time, you can sell stuff as a side gig. Who doesn’t like a little extra income?
Unfortunately, any online activity puts you at risk for scams. You have to provide at least some personal information for your account, and in general, it shouldn’t go beyond that. One seller on OfferUp was asked for her phone number. The buyer seemed legitimate, and she handed it over. The scammer used this information to create a Google Voice account with the victim’s number. Tap or click here for more on the story.
Our coverage of the above scam caught the attention of a member of Kim Komando’s audience, who was targeted by a similar scam. Keep reading to avoid falling victim to these scams.
Here’s the backstory
David from North Carolina called into Kim’s radio show and asked about the Google Voice scam. He sells items on Facebook Marketplace and said that potential buyers have recently asked for his phone number. David then got a text from a Google app that prompted him to enter a 6-digit code.
Luckily, David didn’t fall for it.
Here’s a screenshot of someone asking for his phone number:
How the Google Voice scam works
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