Bluetooth Interception: How It Works
Here is a scam that’s happening right now. Educate yourself and share this with your friends so nobody else gets victimized. Bluetooth technology (exchanging data over short distances) has allowed us to literally be connected to our cell phones 24 hours a day without interrupting our other activities.
Hands free devices have made cell phone users safer behind the wheel – but scammers are using this technology to find new ways to rip off unsuspecting consumers. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in action the Bluetooth Scam perfectly exposed:
Using specialized software, scammers can hack into your device via your Bluetooth signal in a process known as “bluebugging”. Once they have hacked their way into your phone they have total access to all of your messages, your call history, photos, your contact list – basically, everything that is contained on your phone is now theirs for the taking.
Some hackers will also use your phone to make long distance calls as well. In the most heinous version of this scam hackers will set up pay-per-minute phone numbers, then hack into a large number of phones in a busy public area, use the hacked phones to call the pay-per-minute number and make a lot of money in a short period of time.
Bluetooth Interception Scam: How To Avoid
The best way to avoid this scam is to make your PIN number lengthy and complicated. The longer and more complicated, the harder it is for hackers to break into. Also, use your Bluetooth’s “not discoverable” mode when your phone is not in use, and especially when you are in a crowded public space.
Never accept a pairing request from someone you don’t know, and if you do pair your phone with someone that you do know, do this from home and not in public.
Most importantly, keep your phones security updated regularly and try to keep up to date with the recent Bluetooth changes. This is the best measure of all to ensure your private information remains private.
Bluetooth Interception Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of the Bluetooth Interception scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report scammers or any kind of questionable practices to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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