I was playing an online game and I came in contact with this user. She was listed as from the same country as me (Egypt). So when she asked me for my cell phone number, I gave it to her. I figured it was to add me on WhatsApp so we can chat or something.
However, I instead received an SMS message (titled 'Telegram') with a number, and she asked me to tell her that number. I asked what it's for, she said that she's from Canada (not the country she listed on her avatar) and that she needs that code I received to connect with me, since I'm outside Canada.
At the same time, I received a phone call (no number appeared on my screen) with an automated message. I hung up before hearing that message.
I refused to give this girl the code I received via SMS and parted ways.
- Was this a scam?
- If yes, did I prevent the scam by denying this user the code?
- If not, what's at risk? Is my bank account at risk, for instance? (I only gave the user my cell phone number. No name, no address, nothing else whatsoever)
- If I am at risk, what do I need to do to prevent any theft of my information, passwords, money, etc.?