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How to Avoid Common Cell Phone Scams with the Help of

  (July 19, 2011)

Kirkland, WA (PRWEB) July 19, 2011

Cell phones are very useful tools, and can make work and family life run more efficiently. However, scam artists have targeted cell phones as a way to access and steal private information. has compiled information and resources to help consumers avoid some of the most common cell phone scams.

Ring Tone Scams:
Many consumers, especially teens, love to download new, fun ring tones to their cell phones. However, according to The Costco Connection, some free downloadable ring tones contain viruses that can damage cell phones.

To avoid these scams, download ring tones from establish, trusted sources - by typing in the url of the source. Avoid responding to a text message to download a ring tone, which may result in a hefty charge.

Unwanted Text Messages:
Many companies send unsolicited text messages to advertise services or offerings. To find out more about the number from which irritating texts originate, simply type the phone number into the search bar at If the text messages appear to be from a trusted source (such as a financial consultant, bank or credit card company), the message may ask for your account information or pin.

To avoid a scam, do not respond to a text with personal information, pins or account numbers. Instead, type the url of the bank or company into the browser, or call directly for more information.

Cellular Eavesdropping:
Scam artists can use current technology to listen to calls and even download phone records. Software enables scam artists to track the location of a cellular phone.

To lessen the risk of cellular eavesdropping, turn the phone on and off at intervals during the day which resets the cellular signal.

Account Fraud:
An all-too-common scam is to steal personal information and open a cell phone account in another persons name, and run up high charges.

One step to take to avoid this scam is to list your phone numbers in the Federal Do Not Call Registry. The Resources page at has further information about how to take this easy step.

Do smart phone owners need to be cautious when downloading apps? Although its possible to download an app that contains malicious software, its unlikely. iPhone owners, especially, are well protected from viruses in apps. However, owners should always review cellular phone bills to ensure that all charges are legitimate. If something is questionable, the cellular provider should be able to provide more details. is a consumer resource website which provides information and resources regarding phone scams in addition to free phone number information for any landline or mobile phone, including work, home and unlisted numbers. For a small fee, users can also choose to access more detailed phone number data. Users can play an engaging and stress-relieving game to try to Whack the irritating telemarketer or other annoying number. Please see the website or call (641) 715-3900 x134404 for further information.


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