ScamWatch: Protect your cell phone info

One woman changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc.

Twenty minutes later when she called her husband from a pay phone, telling him what had happened, her husband says “I received your text asking about our PIN number and I’ve replied a little while ago.”

When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text “hubby” in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the story: Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

Also, when you’re being text by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet ‘family and friends’ who text you.

[Our Vice President of IT sent this message along to employees a few mornings ago. A good example of information falling into the wrong hands.]

1 Response to “ScamWatch: Protect your cell phone info”

  1. 1 gabe January 18, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    “someone i know, cell was lost or stolen, not sure which and they were getting anon txt messages which seemed relevant to their life.
    now it makes sense, whoever has the phone got info from her phone. personal number, friends numbers, where they live, go –
    txt and pics tell a lot. they sent those anon messages!” jen

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