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Smart Device Scams

By Scam Awareness | September 24, 2019

In today's digital age, smart devices are viewed as essential items for living in the 21st century. We use them for just about everything. Filled with personal data, our smartphones and tablets are huge targets for sophisticated con artists attempting to steal sensitive information.

Spoofing Spoofing (impersonating someone or a company) mostly targets Apple iCloud accounts. Tech-savvy scammers can make your caller ID display an incoming call from Apple Inc., complete with the logo, phone number and address. Claiming your account is compromised, they request personal information. Just know that Apple will never call you unless you ask them to and they will not request personal information over the phone.

Fake Cell Phone Account Opening a fake cell phone account in someone else's name allows fraudsters to gain access to a victim's bank information, establish credit card accounts and finance expensive phones. People wake up to find their bank accounts drained and collection agencies harassing them over unpaid phone bills. You can prevent this kind of identity theft by creating a PIN number for your cell phone and freezing your credit information.

Phishing By impersonating government agencies, banks and other organizations, scammers can gather your personal data through texts, phony apps and emails. Clicking links and opening attachments from unknown sources can download spyware onto your device. This spyware takes pictures of your screen or captures keystrokes. Phony apps do the same thing, so always download them from a trusted source.

For more information on how you can protect yourself, ask your device customer service or service provider. If you suspect a scam, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and guard your personal information at all costs.

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