Urgent warning to check for 12 phone numbers on your iPhone or Android – full list of ‘dangerous’ contacts…

Urgent warning to check for 12 phone numbers on your iPhone or Android – full list of ‘dangerous’ contacts…

SMARTPHONE users have been warned to avoid engaging with 12 known phone numbers associated with scammers.

One of the most common ways criminals target peoples’ wallets is via voice phishing scams.

Smartphone users have been warned to avoid engaging with 12 known phone numbers associated with scammers

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Smartphone users have been warned to avoid engaging with 12 known phone numbers associated with scammersCredit: Getty

Phishing is a scam where attackers deceive people into revealing sensitive information.

Typically, the scammer aims to steal a user’s banking information, identity, or password.

The tactic is carried out in a number of ways, but one of the most prominent includes unsolicited phone calls and text messages.

In these calls or texts, scammers may purport that your package is delayed or your bank account has been hacked.

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You may even be told you’ve won the lottery or some sort of sweepstakes.

However, these are all part of a larger scam to get you to divulge your personal data.

Now, a new study from BeenVerified has revealed the top 12 numbers associated with phone and text message scams.

To compile their list, the company looked at more than 150,000 suspect phone numbers that users reported.

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NUMBERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

  1. (865) 630-4266 – Wells Fargo text message scam
  2. (469) 709-7630 – failed delivery attempt scam
  3. (805) 637-7243 – fake Publisher’s Clearing House win
  4. (858) 605-9622 – bank account temporarily on hold scam
  5. (863) 532-7969 – debit card frozen scam
  6. (904) 495-2559/(904) 501-5027 – AT&T raffle winners
  7. (312) 339-1227 – weight loss and delivery scam
  8. (917) 540-7996 – Scream 6 “Ghostface” call
  9. (347) 437-1689 – unpaid taxes/Dyson vacuum scam
  10. (301) 307-4601 – USPS scam
  11. (878) 877-1402 – card locked scam
  12. (202) 221-7923 – student loan forgiveness scam

BeenVerified noted that of the top 12 phone numbers users checked, nine were related to unwanted text messages.

In these texts, scammers were trying to get users to click on a suspicious link or call a phone number.

“Scam messages often try to create a sense of urgency to encourage victims to drop their guard and react without thinking,” BeenVerified said.

HOW TO STAY SAFE

To stay safe against phishing attacks, experts recommend being on the lookout at all times.

You can protect yourself and your device by using strong passcodes and making sure your devices have the latest security patches.

Similarly, users are advised to never click or download any strange or suspicious links in SMS text messages or emails.

If a strange number calls and asks you to urgently complete a task, it’s like a scam and you should hang up immediately.

You can also check the phone number by using a reverse phone tool.

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