Friday, December 31, 2010

Mobile phone scams

Scams come to your mobile can be tricky to recognize. It comes in different ways like:
  • Who talks as if they know you?
  • Come through a 'missed call' from an unknown number that you redial
  • Upfront about what they are promoting, but have hidden charges
  • Offered free or cheap ring tones
  • Chance to win fantastic prizes

When you reply to these messages or calls, you may find yourself disappointed in the product or signed up to a service you don't want or cannot stop. You could be left facing a huge phone bill. If you receive a missed call or text message from an unknown number, the best thing to do is to delete the message or ignore the call. Always does your homework before you agree to any offer you receive over your mobile and never agree to any offer that you are not completely sure about?

Ring tone scams
Cheap ring tones that end up being a subscription or premium rate service.

Missed calls & text messages from unknown numbers
Missed calls lead to premium rate charges. Mysterious text messages that can cost a lot of money if your reply to them.

SMS competition & trivia scams
You are encouraged to enter a competition or trivia contest over SMS for a great prize – but misled about your chances or how much it will cost to take part.

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