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“Google Voice Scam” targeting people selling items online

Sep 22, 2022

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – If you’ve tried to sell something online, you know there are a lot of scammers out there looking to take your money. But one of the biggest scams isn’t after your money — it’s after your identity.

It can happen when you post an item for sale on popular sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or OfferUp. Scammers will pose as a buyer and text you saying they’re interested, but they say they’re concerned that you’re a scammer.

A verification code then pops up on your screen, and they ask you to read off the code so they know you’re legit. “What they’re really trying to do is set up a Google Voice account tied to your phone number without you knowing,” said Ken Colburn of Data Doctors…