With the telecom services being available to an ever increasing number of people all around the World, the dark world of Phone Scams is also on the rise. More and more people are switching over to internet enabled smart phones and this is exposing them to a variety of tools used by scammers to rob them off their money or even identity.
Smartphone have opened a sea of opportunities and have made our lives increasingly mobile and easy. Now, we can access our bank account, do shopping, chat with friends, read just about anything etc all on the go. This is the reason why internet enabled smart phones have penetrated the lives of billions all around the world in a very short span of time.
As it is famously said, ‘The Prey drives the Predator’, the exponential rise of smart phones have drawn scammers to exploit its reach. The victims are often too innocent and ignorant and become an easy prey for the digital predators.
There are around 4.6 billion mobile devices worldwide in 2017 and the number is expected to go up to 5.5 billion by 2020. Many of these devices are having internet access. Just imagine how huge market is available for scammers. As there is lack of awareness among most mobile phone users, they present themselves as easy and exploitable vulnerabilities to the scammers.
The state of security at present is poor. People need to start considering their mobile phones as mini computers. They need to start taking care of their devices. Many people don’t install an antivirus in their phones like they would have in their computers. Similarly, we are too carefree about distributing our mobile numbers wherever it is asked. We don’t think twice before picking unsolicited calls or clicking on spammy looking links. This has given an uplift to telephone scams.