Scammers spoof caller IDs to appear as ‘mom’ or ‘dad’: Better Business Bureau breaks down warning signs of fake text messages

Don’t fall for fake text messages. The Better Business Bureau is warning users that scammers have recently used a new tactic to trick you into sending money.

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Scammers have long used social media to impersonate people you know and trust, but now they have spoofed caller IDs. This scam can be difficult to spot at first glance, so watch out for the warning signs.

How does the scam work? You get a text message from “Mom” or “Dad” saying they’re in the store but accidentally left their credit card at home. Could you send $150?

The request seems harmless, but don’t do it!

Scammers rely on most people having “dad” or “mom” saved in their contacts and hoping you won’t think twice before sending help. When you transfer money to a bank or digital wallet account, your money is gone forever.

BBB said to pay attention to anything unusual about a message and treat it as a red flag. If your parents never text, it’s probably not them who are texting now. On the other hand, if they write all the time but never ask for money, you’re probably dealing with an impersonator.

Look for a new message thread. If you text your parents regularly, you should be able to see past messages from them. If you can’t see any of the previous messages, it’s probably a scammer who is contacting you for the first time.

Check the sender information. Click on the sender information to make sure the name matches your parents’ real phone number.

If you’re a victim of a scam, report it to BBB Scam Tracker. By reporting your experience, you can help others avoid falling for the same scam.


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