CROMWELL, CT (WFSB) – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning Connecticut residents to be aware of a recent scam involving Google Voice.
The scam works something like this, you try to sell an item using Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or Tik Tok. You then start getting messages from an “interested buyer”. The buyer/scammer will then ask for your phone number. The BBB says this is a big red flag.
The scammer then says they will send you a code which you then need to send them in the original platform, Facebook, Craigslist or Tik Tok. The scammer claims that this is to make sure you are not a scammer yourself.
The scammer really created a Google Voice account using your phone number and the 6-digit code. The scammer can use Google Voice to continue doing other scams.
Google is aware of this scam and has safety measures in place. In addition, they are working to stop any Google Voice accounts that are used in this type of scam. If you believe you have been scammed in this manner, click here for steps on how to reclaim your number.
The BBB has a list of how you can stay safe from future scams:
• Value your personal information. Think of your personal information like money: value and protect it. Be careful what sites you visit and who you are speaking with, and be sure everything is legitimate before entering personal information or…