Businesses report fake BBB calls asking ‘are you planning to move?’

Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin has received reports from businesses that received numerous unwanted phone calls from people claiming to be from BBB who asked if they were planning to relocate. Long story short: It wasn’t from us.

According to one business representative, the callers appeared to have Indian accents and sounded like they were inscam alert pic 150x150 Businesses report fake BBB calls asking are you planning to move? a busy call center. Calling the phone number the call supposedly came from (1-889-705-3113 in one instance) got an automated “this call cannot be completed as dialed” response.

This is a pretty common scam that happens to businesses all across the country. The callers will claim to be from different government agencies depending on the state, or an organization like BBB. One scam caller reported to BBB claimed to be from  “the Texas Land Board.”

Callers reportedly ask for detailed personal and business information. It is likely a phishing scam, designed to get information that can be used for illicit purposes, or a means of gathering a list of leads that can be sold to moving or other companies.

BBB does not track company movements. We might sometimes call to update or verify an address, but we do not and would not ask companies if they are planning to move.

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About Charles Wood

Charles Wood is an investigator with the Austin Better Business Bureau. He joined BBB after more than 22 years as a newspaper journalist.