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Jun 7, 2016

FTC Press Release: Identity Theft... by Mobile Phone

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information

by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC

Identity theft can happen to you – and your mobile phone. It has even happened to the FTC’s Chief Technologist, Lorrie Cranor, and other FTC colleagues.
How does it happen? You might get a bill for a new mobile phone that you didn’t order. The thief used your personal information to open a new account. Or maybe your phone stops working entirely because a thief used your information to upgrade to a new phone and then shut off the phone you’re using.     
What can you do to reduce the risk of mobile phone identity theft?
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