Scams Targeting Smartphones & Mobile Devices
Knowing how to use and navigate a smartphone, tablet, or similar device is a near necessity. However, while these devices can be helpful, our reliance on them can also be our Achilles’ heel. For the sake of convenience, we use them to both store and access a bounty of sensitive information, ranging from social media accounts to banking details. Therefore, while our devices and their management capabilities can be a great boon, they also can be a liability in terms of security.
Common Types of Mobile Scams
In many cases, scammers will stick to tried-and-true tactics. If you are aware of what these methods entail, it can be easier to avoid falling prey to scam phone calls. Many mobile scams will demonstrate similar features, such as pressuring the victim to act quickly, or posing as a reputable entity like the police or an insurance company.
Security and Prevention Measures for Mobile and Smartphones
There are many simple security and prevention measures that mobile and smartphone users can take to protect themselves from scammers. Although these measures are not foolproof, they can provide the user with a little more peace of mind.
What to Do If You’ve Been the Victim of a Scam
If you have been victimized by a scam already, stay calm. It will be important to act quickly, but also carefully. Follow the tips below to prevent further damage.
Resources on Preventing Scams
If you are a business owner, it may also be helpful to hire a digital security consultant to assess your current security measures and propose further steps you can take to protect your business’s sensitive information.
Resources For Victims of Phone Scams
It will also be important to contact your bank or credit union and your phone service provider in the event that you have fallen victim to a phone scam.