Information from the Better Business Bureau:
Cell phone users are increasingly turning to Bluetooth technology to talk - hands free - on their phones. But as this high tech tool gains popularity in the US and Canada, scammers are finding ways to exploit it.
How the Scam Works:
Scammers use specialized software to intercept your Bluetooth signal and hack into your device. It's called "bluebugging." Doing this gives them access to all your texts, contacts, photos, call history... everything on your phone.
Scammers sometimes use hacked phones to make long distance calls. Other times, they access your private text messages or photos. But unless you are a celebrity, government official or high-powered corporate executive, you are unlikely to be a target.
Recently, the newest scheme is for scammers to set up a pay-per-minute phone number. Then, they hang out in a busy area and hack into phones. Scammers use the phones to dial the number and rack up charges by the minute.
Tips to Ensure Your Bluetooth Isn't Hacked:
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