Voice message scams refer to deceptive practices where individuals or groups use pre-recorded voice messages to trick or defraud people. They often exploit people’s trust, emotions, or lack of awareness and knowledge to manipulate them into taking certain actions or providing sensitive information. It is important for you and your employees to recognize their tactics.
Below are just some examples of voice message hoaxes and scams:
Robocalls: These calls are automated voice messages that are sent to a large number of phone numbers simultaneously. They may claim to be from a legitimate organization, such as a bank or government agency, and attempt to gather personal information like credit card details or Social Security numbers.
Tech support: Fraudsters pretend to be from a reputable tech support company and claim that the recipient’s computer or device has a virus or other issue. They coerce the person into providing remote access to their device or paying for unnecessary tech support services.
Lottery or prize scams: Scammers inform recipients through voice messages that they have won a lottery or prize and need to provide personal information, pay a fee, or make a purchase to claim the reward.
Impersonation scams: Fraudsters may leave voice messages pretending to be someone trustworthy, like a family member, friend, or even a government official. They may fabricate urgent situations or legal troubles to manipulate the person into sending money or revealing sensitive information.
Voice phishing (vishing): Vishing involves receiving voice messages that appear to be from a legitimate source, such as a bank, requesting account verification, or personal details. These voicemail or email messages often provide a phone number to call back, which actually connects the victim to the scammer, who then attempts to extract sensitive information.
To protect yourself from fraud, it’s important to be cautious and skeptical of unsolicited calls or voice messages. Avoid providing personal or financial information over the phone unless you are certain of the caller’s authenticity.
To learn more about protecting your organization, contact Superior Technology for assistance at 845 735-3555 or through our website at www.superiortechnology.com
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