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Juice Jacking: Phone Charging

Juice Jacking Scam: How It Works

(with video below) How fast does your smartphone battery die? Most likely, very quickly. Chances are, there are times when you are left in the middle of the day without the use of your cell phone. Well, scammers found a way to take advantage of that, too. How exactly does that happen?

Watch the video below to see the Juice Jacking scam exposed:

How Juice Jacking Works Video

Juice Jacking can happen when you plug your USB charger into a public charging station, similar to the ones you see in malls, airports, or hotels. The moment where you sync your phone in a public charger is the time when the Juice Jacking scam occurs. That's because the cable you use to charge your smartphone also transmits your data. It's a standard feature across all smartphones. It could be done as simple as an invasion of privacy.

In this particular case, your phone pairs with a computer or device concealed within the charging kiosk and your personal information -- such as private photos or contacts -- are transferred to the malicious device. The attack could also occur as an injection of malicious code directly into your device. That's more likely to happen.

 

Juice Jacking Scam: How To Avoid

Always try to charge your phone from a wall outlet. Keep your smartphone fully charged and avoid third party charging stations altogether. Carry a personal charger with you at all times.

The Juice Jacking scam became so common nowadays that it was even featured in one of the CSI: Cyber episodes. Watch the video below to see the part of the movie featuring the scam.

CSI: Cyber - Juice Jacking Video

 

Juice Jacking Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here

 

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