Scammers use new method for robocalls: local phone numbers
Have you noticed you're getting more robocalls lately, especially on your cell phone, the ones during which a recorded message tells you they're from cardholder services or offers to get you a lower interest rate on a loan?
Well, those scammers are using new methods, methods that could trick even the smartest of phone user.
"It's like a Facebook scam. The e-mail will go out to all the friends on Facebook."
That's how Marjorie Stephens with the Better Business Bureau is describing the latest robocall method being used by scammers.
"They continue to get smarter and smarter into tricking people into doing it."
If you have a cell phone, you're probably used to getting robocalls.
They come from phone numbers you don't recognize, and they're usually from another state.
"We have found a real uptick in a lot of the robocalls that are coming in, with local numbers," says Stephens.
President and CEO of the Bank of Geneva, Andrew Briggs gets calls from numbers he doesn't recognize. Some are legitimate, others aren't. He's used to that.
"I talked to my brother. He lives in Indianapolis, and he's got the same. So it's not just in northeast Indiana. It's a problem all through the United States."
But recently, Briggs encountered a problem he has never had before.
"About two weeks ago, a lady called me from Bluffton, Indiana several times, asking why I keep calling her. I hardly use my cell phone for much, except for business, and I never have called her," explains Briggs.
That's right, scammers are now using our cell phone numbers to call people.
"They can do that with our numbers. They can use your number. They use the number of businesses," says Stephens.
It's not going to show up on your cell phone bill if a scammer uses your number.
But you may end up with an experience similar to Briggs': "This lady keeps calling me and telling me to stop calling her."