By having your cell number, a scammer could trick caller ID systems and get into your financial accounts or call financial institutions that use your phone number to identify you. Once the scammer convinces your carrier to port out your number, you may never get it back. Scam porting is a big problem for phone owners.
Can you be hacked by giving out your phone number?
Access. Once hackers gain control of a phone number, they can then access their online profiles – on Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and WhatsApp – which are all usually linked to the mobile number. All they need to do is ask the social media companies to send a temporary login code, via text message, to the victims phone.
What can someone do if I give them my phone number?
If someone steals your phone number, they become you — for all intents and purposes. With your phone number, a hacker can start hijacking your accounts one by one by having a password reset sent to your phone. They can trick automated systems — like your bank — into thinking theyre you when you call customer service.
What can a scammer do with my phone number and address?
Using a people search site, someone could glean a whole lot of information on cell phone numbers, such as any criminal records, past addresses, social media accounts, arrests, warrants, court cases, relatives information, and more.
How do you know if youre being scammed on the phone?
How to spot a phishing phone callNo-one should be asking for your password. A reputable company will never ask for your password or bank PIN, either over the phone or by email. Using threats to frighten you. They are evasive if you have questions. You cant call the company back on their official number.