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BBB warns of Bluetooth hacking scams: The Real Deal

Hackers are now targeting your Bluetooth to rack up your cell phone bill. It’s something called “blue bugging.”
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Hackers are now targeting your Bluetooth to rack up your cell phone bill. It’s something called “blue bugging.”

Many of us keep our Bluetooth connection open, which leaves us vulnerable. But hackers are using specialized software to intercept your signal and gain access to your phone and all of your texts, contacts, photos and phone history.

There are ways to protect yourself from falling victim to “blue bugging.” The Better Business Bureau says to turn your Bluetooth off or make it non-discoverable when you’re not using it – especially if you’re going to a crowded public place like a mall, which is a prime spot for hackers to hang out and look for their next target.

Also, the BBB says don’t accept pairing requests from unknown parties. The hackers get into your phone and then use it to make expensive phone calls. Many times, the victims don’t know until they’re left with the costly bill.

Always keep an eye on your cell phone bill and make sure the charges belong to you. For more information on this scam and how to protect yourself, CLICK HERE.
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