Friday, June 11, 2010

Media covers cell phone scams, and there are many different kinds of them

In the past week or so, local television stations have discussed cell phone scams and identity security.

There’s a problem with being billed for cell phone notification services not ordered or authorized, or carried over from “dirty cell phone” numbers, as explained here.

Another problem some users have experienced is spam text, particularly in connection with (illegal) pump-and-dump stock market manipulations.

People may be exposed to hackers when they conduct financial transactions over cell phones, as in the Ezline article explanation (web url) here .

Or people may simply get calls from people purporting to be banks asking for personal information. Since people carry cell phones, such calls are more likely to be answered immediately rather than be returned. But banks don’t ask for personal information from cold phone calls just as they don’t ask for it in emails, so generally such calls amount to cell phone phishing. But banks do telemarket and offer credit cards or identity theft insurance. It’s much safer to visit a branch bank if you want such a service than to accept such a call.

Here’s a list of tips on cell phone ringtone scams: In the past week or so, local television stations have discussed cell phone scams and identity security.

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