Florida Attorney General Warns Consumers About New Malware Attack Targeting Mobile Phone Users
By Space Coast Daily // August 27, 2021
To report a mobile malware scam, call 1(866) 9NO-SCAM
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Attorney General Asley Moody is warning consumers about a new malware attack that targets mobile phone users.
Accidentally downloading this malware gives scammers the ability to steal sensitive information—including mobile payment app logins, banking credentials, and remote control of a target’s phone.
“This pandemic has changed the way we send and receive money—moving more of these transactions online and increasing the popularity of mobile payment apps,” said Moody.
“This opens the door wider to hackers, phishing scammers and vicious malware attackers. Unknowingly falling for their traps could lead to devastating financial losses.”
Moody is providing the following tips to help Floridians avoid mobile malware attacks:
■ Research phone apps before downloading
■ Never respond to a solicitation requesting financial information or online cash transfers
■ If a text message, email, or phone call appears to be from a bank or other financial institution, look up the company online and make direct contact instead of responding to the solicitation
■ Only send money to trusted individuals or businesses
Signs that mobile malware is already on a phone include:
■ Rapidly decreasing battery power
■ Large amounts of data are being used, especially when the phone is not in use
■ Unexplained apps appearing on the phone
■ Unauthorized purchases originating from a phone
■ Google released information in its help center on how to remove unwanted ads, pop-ups, and malware from a mobile phone or computer
Additionally, the Federal Trade Commission provides a detailed guide on how to recognize, remove and avoid malware.
Downloading security apps may help to keep your device free of malware, but be sure to thoroughly research any such app through independent reviews to avoid mistakenly downloading malware.
To report a mobile malware scam, contact the Attorney General’s Office at 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at MyFloridaLegal.com.
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