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Bluetooth Interception

How the scam works:

Do you live in the UK? Here is a scam that's happening right now, so educate yourself and share this with your friends, so nobody else gets victimized. Bluetooth technology 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:

Bluetooth Interception Scam Video 

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.

How to avoid the Bluetooth Interception scam:

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. And 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. This is the best measure of all to ensure your private information remains private.

 

How to report the Bluetooth Interception scam:

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:

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