Numberinvestigator.com's free phone number lookup helps users identify the owner of a number before answering a call or opening a potentially harmful text message from an unknown number.
Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) July 20, 2010
Numberinvestigator.com, a leading provider of reverse phone lookup services for cell phones, land lines and VoIP, is experiencing strong growth in its free phone number searches due to the growing threat of identity theft, scams, phishing and call fraud through mobile devices.
Just like computer users, cell phone users are vulnerable to phone call and text message-based attacks like phishing and other efforts. Mobile viruses, worms and Trojans have been around for many years. They typically arrive via email but are now being spread through text messages. All attackers have to do is create a malicious Web page and lure someone to visit the site where malware can then be downloaded onto a mobile device. People should avoid clicking on unknown links in text messages on their mobile phones.
Some people may be inadvertently opting in to receive text messages when they sign up for other services with merchants. Many free ringtone download sites are used to collect mobile numbers. Spammers also use auto-dialers that randomly generate numbers or try them sequentially. Verizon has filed eight to 10 lawsuits against SMS spammers over the past four to five years, and 20 lawsuits altogether involving telemarketers.
Numberinvestigator.com is a leading provider of reverse phone number lookup services that enable consumers to simply search a number, including cell numbers (where available), landline numbers and VoIP to accurately find the owner of that number. Consumers can find comfort in knowing who a number belongs to before they answer a call, open a text message or open a link in a text message from an unknown number and potentially exposing their lives to those of scammers and identity stealers. Numberinvestigator.com also offers a one of a kind consumer complaint service that makes it easier for consumers to accurately find callers’ identities, widely communicate complaints and read other complaints about harassing phone calls and potential fraud.
Mobile phones are regularly used to store sensitive information that can be accessed by infiltrating the device. For instance, the inbox and outbox for text messages can contain information that can be used for identity fraud. In a recent report from ABI Research, senior analyst Mark Beccue reported that, “Regardless of what type of cell phone, the most dangerous current threat is through a cell phone’s in/out message boxes.”
A number of popular phones have been affected by mobile viruses. A person used text messages to hack directly into mobile phones and was then demanding $7 from victims for information on how to secure their phones. In addition, standard phones are also experiencing scammers in Russia and Indonesia that are hiding a Trojan in pirated software that sends text messages from a person’s phone to premium rate numbers – costing as much as $5 each and racking up huge bills unbeknownst to the phone’s owner.
The following are resources for consumers if they are affected by unwanted calls and to report suspicious text messages:
Customers can block text messages or calls from a specific phone number on the website http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/articles-resources/parental-controls/smart-limits.jsp as well as restrict the sources of e-mail that reach your phone on http://mymessages.wireless.att.com/.
Sprint wants customers to call customer service to report all spam messages so the company can modify its spam-filtering technology to block the phone numbers that are sending it. Customers should not reply to the messages, otherwise it verifies to the spammer that the phone number is valid.
Postpaid and FlexPay customers can create their own filters and block chargeable text messages, MMS (multi-media service) messages, instant messages, and e-mail from being sent to their phones by calling customer service.
Customers can sign up for Usage Controls that allow them to block certain numbers from calling or sending text messages to the phone. And if customers text only with a few people they can create an alias for free and receive only text messages sent to that address.
U.S. Federal Trade Commission
To block spam phone calls, customers should register their mobile numbers with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call Registry.
Numberinvestigator.com is a leading provider of reverse phone number lookup services that enable consumers to simply search a number, including cell numbers (where available), landline numbers and VoIP to accurately find the owner of that number.
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