Friday, September 23, 2011

ID Theft scams spreading to smartphones

TransUnion's Clifton O'Neal
Credit bureau TransUnion has issued a warning to cell phone and smartphone users to be on high alert for a scam spreading through SMS text messages and voicemails.

The ruse revolves around phone users receiving a text messages or voicemail stating that their credit card has been deactivated and then they are asked to call a number. When the consumers call this number, a recorded message asks the caller for their 16-digit card number and for more personal information. It doesn't matter which carrier, nor what kind of phone you're using; all platforms, including Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7, are under attack, says TransUnion spokesman Clifton O'Neal.

"Never disclose personal information over the phone or Internet unless it is to a trusted source and/or they initiated the call or transaction," cautions O'Neal. "As holiday shopping begins and special offers to consumers start to appear in the coming months, it is important for them to remember this, especially with online transactions."
O'Neal advises cell phone use
rs to report it to the associated bank and credit card company by calling the phone number on the back of their credit card or statement or go into a local bank's branch office. TransUnion makes available this list of tips to detect scams spreading through all Internet-connected devices, including PCs, touch tablets and smartphones.

Story from USA Today.

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