US Mobiles Scam/Mobility Scam
With the increasing popularity of online shopping, mobile phone delivery scams have become a significant concern for consumers in the United States. Scammers exploit the trust and excitement associated with purchasing mobile phones by offering enticing deals or claiming to sell popular models at significantly discounted prices. To protect yourself from falling victim to fraudulent sellers and losing your hard-earned money, you must be aware of the typical delivery scams in the USA and take preventive measures. In this article, we will reveal some red flags and provide practical tips on avoiding becoming a victim of US mobiles delivery scam.
Same as in Canada and UK, the Cellular Networks of United States also offers to provide the cellphones on monthly Installments.
Major Cellular Networks In United States:
These networks offer Brand new cellphones to Americans at monthly cheap Prices.
Now we are revealing how scammers trick people and steal their money. Remember that these significant networks of the US never calls the citizens to offer new cell phone. Still, the call centers from different countries pretend to be the leading network and provide Americans to buy new Cellphones on cheap Monthly Installments.
Top 10 Countries involves in this type of scam:
- Sri Lanka
- Puerto Rico
As we have discussed in our previous blog (Canada mobile scams), India has the world’s most significant industry of call centers. In addition, According to the reports, India scammed billions of dollars in 2022. This is the vast number that India has made last year.
Fake Caller ID:
Let’s reveal how these call centers work and how they scam people. They use the software for cold calling, which is Vicidial and Soft-phone.
They can create a fake caller ID with a softphone called Eyebeam.
Well, now they have the caller ID of the leading network like the number of AT&T or Verizon and T-Mobile. So whenever a victim receives a call, it will be shown as the caller ID of the leading network; every victim falls for this scam because they think this call is from their Cellular Network.
Now when the scammers call the customers, they offer brand new cellphones. Because people don’t know that this call is from another country or a call center, As the caller ID says it’s from their leading networks like AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile, they get interested in the offers.
Sometimes when the customer doesn’t like the offer, they try to bargain and make a better offer because they don’t want the customer to hang up. It doesn’t matter that a new phone will cost $100 or $10. They need your financial details and data so they can scam you.
What they need from you:
- Credit or Debit cards
- Driver’s License
- Name and Address
- Email address
- Social Security Number
- PIN Numbers
They will also send you emails as they could have a network name-related domain for emails for your satisfaction, and then people fall for this scam easily.
Suppose you ordered a brand new Cellphone, Samsung s22, on a monthly installment. The next step is they will try to get access to your online account with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. They will put your email and reset the password by sending you an OTP (One-Time Password), which you will quickly provide for a verification process, as they say.
If they get your online access, it will be elementary for them to change the email address from your account so you won’t get any updates, and then they will change your service address. Now that they have their own address in your online account, It’s time to order a brand new cell phone which they will get in 3-5 days shipping to their own address. All those addresses they use are rental properties or empty houses for sale or rent. They can track the cell phone by a tracking ID provided by the Cellular network. Most of the deliveries are from UPS shipping services.
When they can’t get your online access:
Now, If they don’t get your Online access, they cannot update your email and Service addresses. Then the next step is to call the leading cellular network directly and pretend to be the original customer JOHN DOE.
Scammers will use your name as they have all of your details. They will call your leading network company and order a new cellphone with your details. They can set your phone number as a caller ID before reaching the leading cellular network company. Therefore, the network company doesn’t know who is calling.
You have ordered Samsung S22, but now the scammer will order a different one from you, and your leading network company has your original service address so that the company will ship the phone directly to you.
We Are Sorry that You’ve Received the wrong parcel:
After 2-3 days, you will get your cell phone at your doorstep, but when you open the box, it will differ from the one you ordered.
At that same time, A scammer will call you back and ask if you received the parcel, and you will tell him that it’s not the one you ordered. Then the scammer will ask you to return it, and we will send you your order again. They give you a warehouse address and ask you to ship the phone to our address.
Now because they already gain your trust by sending you the wrong cellphone, you will return the phone to a scammer instead of your leading network company AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
And then you will never receive any phone. And you have to pay monthly installments for the phone you have yet to accept. But you can also claim from your leading network company (AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon) that you are being scammed and will not pay monthly installments.
Explore our PREVENTIONS tab to stay safe from US mobiles delivery Scam.
Temporary Call back Number:
Whenever you receive a call from a scammer, For your satisfaction and to gain your trust, he will give you a VOIP number so you can call him back from your phone. VOIP numbers are those numbers that you can buy from different websites like Textnow, E-Numero, etc. Those are the temporary numbers that will disconnect after a few times.
Are these Alerts Legit?
These alerts are based on people’s personal experiences and are the latest scam updates. Explore our Real Stories section and meet the people who got scammed.
Do US Marshals call you?
No, US Marshals never call the citizens. If you receive any call from US Marshals, that must be a scammer trying to steal your details.