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Dec 14th


Holiday Scams #2: Holiday Mobile SMS

Portrait of an upset woman reading a text message on her phone

Mobile SMS scams are rampant year-round and are sure to cause even more problems than Black Friday sale shoppers at retail locations this season. FakeInstaller tricks Android users into thinking it is a legitimate installer for an application and then quickly takes advantage of the unrestricted access to smartphones, sending SMS messages to premium rate numbers without the user's consent.

TIP: Double-check that the "download" button is legitimate when attempting to install new apps on your phone. Use antivirus software.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Dennedy, M. (2013). McAfee's Online Safety Tips for the Top 12 Holiday Scams.

McAfee (2013). McAfee Spotlights the "12 Scams of Christmas" to Keep Consumers Digital Lives Safe