Mobile phone scams are
costing consumers five times more than computer scams, with scammers increasingly targeting smartphones.
According to a survey by
mobile phone security company AdaptiveMobile, one in
every hundred mobile phone users are falling for a texting scam, with smartphones opening up new sources of criminal revenue.
Mobile phone users offer
rich pickings for scammers who can make around £7 million in just three days
Simeon Coney, VP of business development at AdaptiveMobile said: ‘With
spammers finding ways of avoiding the cost of sending bulk SMS the traditional
barrier to receiving spam on mobiles has been removed.’
AdaptiveMobile warned that
mobile users are more vulnerable to being scammed than PC users.
Coney said: ‘A mobile phone
is a very personal device and people are intrinsically more trusting of
communications via their handset than content in their email inboxes.While the mobile operators
are fighting the criminals at network level, users too need to play their part
if they’re to stay safe in an increasingly mobile world.’
The types of scam the firm found
included sophisticated attacks that exploit smartphone capabilities to connect
to the internet – the results included “click fraud” on adverts or mobile
viruses. Simpler scams included SMS messages claiming the recipient had won a
prize, fooling them into replying via a premium rate call or text.