Calls from Unknown Cell Phone Numbers:
Proceed with Caution!
Being in the real estate or mortgage business, it's not unusual to receive a phone call from unknown numbers. Even numbers from other area codes, states, or countries.
This is especially true should you advertise or market yourself online. It increases the likelihood of new clients coming from other locales. Exactly what we're hoping for, right??
But as businesspersons, we must be careful. Phone scams are perpetrated via unknown numbers ... and those scams are reported to be on the rise again. I read an article just this last week regarding the "one ring" cell phone scam, but many other cell/SmartPhone scams exist too.
My wife has received 2 cell phone calls from unknown numbers in just the last few days. The calls were from differing numbers and area codes, but both had the exact same recorded message.
The recording was supposedly from "Account Services" and she was to call back for further info, etc. Luckily, Marilyn knew these calls to be a scam. Someone was "phishing" and trying to gain info and access to our accounts via her cell phone.
With such a huge number of Americans now owning SmartPhones, it's easy to understand why these cell phone scams exist and are on the rise. The opportunity for scamming and money to be made using these scams via SmartPhones is growing. More and more of us now use our phones as our main access to websites, all sorts of accounts, placing orders and buying, doing research, communications, conducting business, and more.
From my wife's experiences, I know personally that these scams are on the rise. The article I referred to (and others) confirm that. So please ... be aware. Be suspicious of unknown numbers calling you.
Also, (no matter your job or situation) take precautions to protect your SmartPhone. Just as you do with your computer, place protective software on your cell. Keep it activated and updated. Be careful with the personal information you keep stored on your cell devices.
And spread the word ...
Calls from Unknown Cell Phone Numbers: Proceed with Caution! Tell others so they too are aware of these scams and take precautions to protect themselves. The more educated we all are to the dangers and scams that exist, the more likely we are to stop these scammers from becoming successful.
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