Numbers similar to yours are how scammers target phones – Pickr
The next time you get a phone call, if the number is suspiciously close to yours, chances are it’s a scam.
It’s a day that ends in “day”, which means that the scammers are preparing tricks again. This time the trick is how we take our phone calls, basically how we choose them, with phone numbers very close to the phone number we use being how we might believe something.
Over the past few days we’ve seen this trend, and so have readers, making it something to consider as call scammers turn to adjacent numbers.
What is an adjacent phone number?
Also called neighbor phone number, an adjacent number is a phone number very close to yours, often starting with the same numbers, but missing your last two or three.
In Australia, the even phone number starts with 04 or +614 depending on whether you are using the international calling code, then offers eight numbers for the rest. These eight numbers are likely to be different, but if your phone number is something like 0411444091, an adjacent number will most likely use the first six numbers, with 04114440 in the call.
These six numbers put the phone call you receive within easy reach of yours and can convince you that someone important is calling you, even if it’s just a phone number like yours that pops up. on your phone.
How does an adjacent number scam work?
Determining exactly what is a scam call and what isn’t is something we can usually guess, especially when the call is from a foreign number.
If you live in Australia and all of a sudden Monaco or Luxembourg calls, chances are you know it’s fake, and maybe from one of the Wangiri scams once cut and hung up at About the place.
But if that call is from a number that looks a lot like you, even if that phone call is spoofed, you’re more likely to believe it.
And that’s exactly what an adjacent number scam does, picking a number in a style similar to your phone number, spoofing the call, and hoping it works to trick you.
How can I be on the lookout for an adjacent fraudulent call?
It doesn’t make much sense that an adjacent number is more or less real than any other phone number, but who knows how the brain works when we see a similar phone number. You might think it’s someone important calling because the number is similar.
However, if this happens regularly, you are most likely the target of a scam, and if you pick up even once, chances are a scammer is waiting for you on the other end. of the phone call.
When the adjacent number scam hit us several times a day recently, each time we picked up there was a second or two to click on a robotic message – our internal monologue quoting “oh hey, another robot scam -caller” – and then the Amazon payment scam clicked.
The robotic voice warned us in an unspaced paragraph that Amazon was apparently taking $99 from our account, and we’d be powerless to stop unless we spoke to someone at the company, please press one if you want… and you get the picture.
Another Amazon scam perpetrated via phone numbers remarkably similar to ours. Regularly. Several times a day.
However, you can always be on the alert for these scams, knowing that
- These are scams, and if you receive a call from a number similar to yours, approach with caution, and
- And if you accidentally or inadvertently receive a call from a scammer, you haven’t fallen for the scam yet, and there’s still plenty of time to hang up and move on.
Fraudulent calls don’t work as long as you pick up the call. They are different from falling down the rabbit hole of a phishing site and handing over your credit card details.
Instead, the scammers who call you have to work to get your details, often forcing them to set up a ruse and trick you, which is why so many scam callers claim to be from NBN, Microsoft, Amazon, credit card companies, etc. and so on, choosing companies you may already do business with to make the scam more legitimate.
So if you receive a call from a mobile number similar to yours and you pick up, you still have plenty of time to hang up and move on without falling into despair. Once a phone call looks like a scam, just hang up. You’ll feel better and your wallet will too.