With children and young adolescents owning cell phones, receiving calls from scammers is definitely a risk. That’s not to say that they shouldn’t own them, it’s just very important to be aware of the types of calls or texts that they might receive. Even without scammers plugging up the airwaves with their intent of capitalizing on the uninformed, there are always other predators to worry about, prank calls, bullying, etc.
In a recent instance that was reported to the Better Business Bureau, a parent had intercepted a phone call on her daughter’s phone. The call was supposedly from the Johnson & Fuller Law Firm. It was a message from James Brooks, who informed her that she had not responded to 2 letters regarding a debt. Therefore, she was being arrested for 2 acts of criminal negligence and needed to call the number 313-265-2994 ASAP!
She did, and she talked to this James Brooks and informed him that he had left the message on a minor’s phone. To this, he asked her what number he had called. She asked him, “Why do I need to give this to you?” He explained to her so that he can remove her daughter’s number from the calling list. Then, he just abruptly said, “Never mind. I’m keeping her number on the list,” and hung up.
Needless to say this call was very alarming and probably isn’t the first or the last time a scam call was received on a minor’s phone. Please make sure that your son and daughter are aware of scams that are out there. At the very least, have them treat phone calls as they would treat someone coming to the door. If the phone number and/or person is unfamiliar to them, they should avoid the call/text altogether and bring it to a parent or caregiver’s attention. For more tips on scams, subscribe to our Scam Alerts email distribution, follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram) or subscribe to our blog.
Keep informed and have a good day!