Top 5 Cell Phone Scams
Everyone who owns a cell phone should be aware of the top 5 cell phone scams. New age technology has made life so much easier! Right? Yes and no! In some ways, there are advantages present that no other generation before has ever thought possible. For example, without leaving our bedroom, we can talk to a person on the other side of the world and see their face while doing so. Yes, life is much easier and far less complicated.
However, these comforts do not come without problems and disadvantages. Today, there are scams that come with problems seemingly unsolvable. Along with the many advantages, this new age of genius has brought along a new age of criminal minds. With the criminal mind, the new age has delivered a bevy of thieves of incomparable proportions. Technology has sentenced us to be with people who continue to devise ways to take everything we have. They steal everything from money to ID's. Everything can be wiped out in seconds.
Sending ID theft messages through the phone. Thieves will send a message of solicitation through your cell phone. While you might think this is a legitimate message and the sender can be trusted, beware. You might just give a thief the right to take everything you have.
Book or magazine cell phone solicitation. By obtaining your identification and contact information, thieves can open accounts in your name and never pay the bill. This leaves you holding the bill. If you don't pay, your credit and name will be ruined.
Telemarketing scam. Almost ninety percent of the population has a cell phone. An email informing individuals that cell phone numbers were going to be released to telemarketing agencies was sent to emails. The email prompted individuals with cell phones who did not want their numbers given out to call the 800 number listed. The scam was set up to obtain the number of those calling and use that number to obtain personal information of the subscriber. Everyone receiving the email was hopefully aware or informed enough not to believe everything they read.
Fraudulent billing by providers. Some providers have been accused of fraudulent billing practices. The FCC has been informed and is continuing to investigate. If you receive an unusually high bill or a bill with charges that are not yours, contact your provider. If the issue is not resolved within a reasonable period, contact the FCC.
- Verizon phishing scam. Verizon online users are being contacted with a request intending to obtain the customer's ID. Customers using Verizon as their carrier are encouraged to contact a local Verizon office or call the Verizon customer service 800 number on their bill if they receive this email.