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How to identify Mobile scams and protect yourself

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Since the advent of the internet, cybercrimes also increased. Identity Theft is one of the most dangerous threats to your security on the Internet Landscape. If a cybercriminal gets access to your financial information, it can be disastrous. In this post, we’ll highlight the most common mobile scams and outline how you can secure your personal and financial data from cybercriminals.

Mobile devices are the major source of traffic on the internet. So, the cybercriminals have now started targeting mobile users along with computer users. Mobile scammers are getting smarter in order to deprive you of your personal and financial information. Here are the most common mobile scams with tips and tricks on you can avoid them.

Malware Apps

There are thousands of apps being developed on a daily basis. Most of people are copying some other apps. It becomes really difficult to identify the real apps. If you don’t know the developer of the app very well or you choose an app which is from a developer with very low reviews and reputation, you might end up with downloading a malware. The malware can then access your private data.

Always do some research before downloading an app. Check whether the app has some reviews or not. Read what people are saying about the app before downloading.

Social Media Spam

Scammers have found new ways to get your personal details or deprive you of your money. You might have seen on Twitter when a person with zero followers starts following you. Some of them will spam you with phishing links. Never ever click on those links and provide your personal information.

There are many people on social media who will ask you to help them. They pretend to be in a difficult situation and ask for money. Never send money to a stranger online.

SMS Phishing (Smishing)

The frauds you see on social media you also see them on the old-fashioned SMS. You will see messages arriving from unknown numbers urging you to reply to a number or to click on a link and open it in your phone’s browser.

Again the same rules apply. Never click on a link if the message is from a random number. It may be a malware and risk for your data.

Vishing

Vishing involves a human element, and it takes many forms. A person might call pretending to be your bank, ask for your important details and PIN number, and inform you that your card has been compromised and a courier will be arriving soon with a replacement. Of course, it is a fake, and the scammer gets away with your genuine card and security details.

So make sure never give your PIN to anyone as the bank will not ask for it. Save the important helpline numbers of your bank.

One Ring Scams

In this type of scam, the scammer will call once and hang up, with the objective of luring you into calling the number back. These numbers can be high toll lines, and if you call them back you have to pay high charges.

Although there are many anti-viruses available to protect you from malware. But for the scams related to SMS and call, you have to take precautions in order to avoid scams. Always check the number from the which the call or message has been sent. You can check it at WhiteNumber or similar sites. If the number is not from a recognizable company or person they never reply to them with a message or a call.

If have ever been into such scam do let us know in the comments section below.

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