Defend Your Smart Phone

Defend Your Smart Phone

Don't we all love our smart phones?  So do scammers!  

SPAM  Nearly 70% of smartphone texters say they get spam messages.  And we're three times more likely to respond to spam received by cellphone than when using a computer.  WHAT TO KNOW  Don't click on links or text "stop, or "no" to prevent future texts.  This only confirms that yours is a live, active number for future spam.  Use and regularly update anti-malware designed for smartphones.

THE ONE-RING CON In a longtime calling scam, crooks leave voice messages asking you to call back to a specific number as you've won a sweepstakes or have an undeliverable package.  Now they just program calls to ring once.  Curiosity gets you to return the call and you end up with international charges on your phone bill, plus scammers know that it's a real number.  WHAT TO KNOW Beware of unfamiliar calls within area codes 268, 284, 473, 649, 664, 767, 809, 829, 849, 876.

BANK MESSAGES  These texts claim to be from your bank or credit card company.  You're instructed to click an included link, which leads to a look-a-like, scammer run website seeking your name, account number and on-line credentials.  WHAT TO KNOW  If there's really an account problem, you might get an email, however it would include your name and a portion of your account number.  Or your bank or credit card company may telephone you with an alert, but it won;t ask for any personal data.

Keep in mind that smartphones are prime targets for old-fashioned theft!  Don;t let yours reveal your secrets it it winds up in the wrong hands. 

GO TO aarp.org/fraudwatch network, to learn more


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