I research and write about scams - but still fell for a dangerous Google Voice one. This is how it works and how to avoid it

Posted On: May 7, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

I research and write about scams - but still fell for a dangerous Google Voice one. This is how it works and how to avoid it

Summary List Placement Two weeks ago, I perked up when my phone lit up with a message from the resale app OfferUp: "Hi, is this still available?"
I didn't suspect this person, who was claiming to be interested in buying my old furniture, was trying to get hold of phone numbers to turn themselves into a "real person" on Google Voice.
For months, I had desperately attempted to sell my old apartment furniture to offset a rise in storage rent. Glancing at my phone screen, I already felt relieved by the prospect of the sale.
The message was sent by a woman named Jaree, whose profile picture showed a young, unassuming woman with frizzy, dark hair. The app indicated that Jaree's payment information and phone number were verified. She seemed legitimate.
After I told her that the furniture was still available, she asked for my phone number. I thought it was a great idea; speaking to someone always elicits clearer communication than texting.
I sent it over, despite OfferUp warning: "Sharing contact details with...

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