Friday, February 10, 2012

$250 million “Bluetooth Jacking” Scam Ring Busted

The video above is a scam known as the “Bluetooth Jacking” scam, where the criminal takes your cellphone’s ID via a bluetooth device, and they force your phone to call a high premium phone line where you get charged by the minute. The criminal may get away with $20 – $50 before you realize what happened.

The crime is not just for low level criminals, an even more sophisticated type of scam actually clones your entire phone and allows the criminals to make calls to International numbers and could possibly take your identity. The Secret Service just busted a ring of people pulling off this kind of crime.

On February 1, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced charges against 12 defendants for participating in a $250 million cell phone cloning scheme. (more)

Spybusters Tip #416: Keep your Bluetooth turned off when you are not using it.