Email scam giving out my phone number - what to do?
November 5, 2012 9:58 AM   Subscribe

My phone number is being listed as the contact in a phishing email. Who do I report this to and how worried should I be?

I just received a phone call from a woman who received a fraudulent email (the one described here). My phone number was listed as the contact for NACHA. I have emailed the address but I want to know if there's somewhere official I can report the problem. In what by all appearances is an unrelated incident (but the timing makes me nervous), my Facebook account was also hacked today. I have changed my Facebook and email passwords and checked my bank account to make sure there's nothing weird going on there (appears to be fine). What else do I need to do and how freaked out should I be?
posted by naoko to Technology (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It actually sounds like you're doing all the right things. Maybe call NACHA to see if there's someone already involved with pursuing this case so the two of you can join forces.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:16 AM on November 5, 2012

It really depends on how much of a hassle this turns into.

If it's only a call or two a day, no biggie. If you're phone blows up at all hours of the day or night, you can call the phone company, explain what happened and then they'll change your number at no charge.

It's unfortunate but once someone accidentally publishes your number erroneously, you can be fielding phone calls for years.

I once helped a customer negotiate a cash settlement and she "sold" the party her number.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 10:54 AM on November 5, 2012

I agree with the above posters...there really isn't much you can do other than what you're doing already. If it becomes a big problem, contact your phone company.
posted by sgo at 12:05 PM on November 5, 2012

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