Kathryn Garbett & Hannah Blom-Cooper
Business Shapers
04 March 2015

Dial F for Fraud: Mobile Technology, Safety and Security

For the first time last year, active mobile phones outnumbered people on the planet*. With more sophisticated applications being developed every day, people have become more reliant on their mobile phone than ever before, from using it for everything from taxi bookings to paying their bills. But the growing prevalence of mobiles in everyday life puts users at risk of mobile related fraud. It is essential for mobile users to understand the different kinds of fraud they are open to if they are to protect themselves against it.

In response to this challenge, the Fraud Women’s Network in association with Mishcon de Reya recently hosted an event, Dial F for Fraud: Mobile Technology, Safety and Security. This event was set up to offer guidance to the attendees on how to protect themselves from mobile related fraud, including ID theft from mobile phone contracts, handset theft, premium rate scams and spam texts, including an SMS hoax in India that caused tens of thousands of migrants from India’s northeast region to flee urban areas as a rumor ricocheted through text messages and social media that an attack on them was imminent.

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