If you hang around Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, etc. then you might run into this phishing scam.
Has anyone ever messaged you that they want to send you a code to verify that you’re a real person?
If they do, absolutely do not give them that code!
Here’s the setup:
In order to establish a Google Voice forwarding account, you have to have an actual phone number to base it off of. Google verifies this phone number by sending you a private key code. You paste the private key into the Google Voice form which associates your real phone number with the Google Voice phone number.
Essentially someone is trying to set up a fake/burner phone number where it will not trace back to them. The most likely reason for this would be to do more scamming but I could see it being used for other illegal means as well. Use your imagination.
Here’s someone trying to use this method to phish me over an aquarium I was selling on Facebook Marketplace. There’s a pun there somewhere..
At this point, I realized what was going on so I decided to ask what nefarious purpose my phone number would be used for.
Unfortunately, my new friend decided to stop responding after that. I offered to give him a guest spot on this post to share his thoughts but his silence spoke louder than words.