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Cell phone scam merchants may find it more difficult to scan for your phone ID but they can do potentially much more dangerous things — like listening in to your calls and downloading your phone usage records.
They can even track your phone to know where you are or where you have been at a particular time.
And don’t return messages or calls from people or organizations you don’t know.
There are numerous variations of this cell phone scam but the bottom line is that you receive an unsolicited text message (which you may have to pay for!
Some tones — usually free ones or those exchanged via peer-to-peer software — have been hacked by scammers and can install a virus that either damages the phone or steals confidential information.
Second, you may get a text message inviting you to download a ringtone by returning another message or calling a 1-800 number.
One piece of perfectly legal software can be secretly installed on someone else’s cell phone, then the crook — or concerned spouse — can dial in and snoop.
There’s nothing more you can do other than keep a close eye on your bill.
In some cases, further technological advances have made it tougher for certain cell phone scams to work, but elsewhere the crooks are having a field day.
In this Scambusters issue, we identify 10 of the most common cell phone scams and the action you can take to avoid or reduce the risk of them.
You can find more about identity theft in the Identity Theft Information Center.
An estimated three million cell phones are stolen or lost in the US every year!