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Dec 14th

2013

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!


Reference:
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