We have seen an increase in the number of people reporting to us that they have fallen victim to the Google Voice scam.
Here is how the scam works.
The scammer gets your phone number from a lost pet site, Facebook page, Craigslist, or other public forum.
You receive a text saying that they have found your lost pet. The scammer then says they are sending you a 6-digit code that you need to send back to them to prove your identity.
In actuality, the scammer has created a Google Voice account using your phone number. Once you provide the 6-digit verification code, the Google Voice account setup will be complete.
The scammer can now use this Google Voice account to perpetrate other scams.
Please note – THE SCAMMER DOES NOT HAVE YOUR LOST PET. They are just trying to get the verification code to use your phone number to establish a Google Voice account.
Do not give out your Google verification code to anyone!