Mexican Phone Scam Spotted

Residents in Mexico beware, as even jail cells can't keep prisoners from scamming you! In a recent article by Bloomberg, prisoners are smuggling mobile phones into their cells, scanning public phone books, and making thousands of fraud calls a day to get money. These calls can range from ransom payments for make believe kidnapping or bank deposit to claim prizes that are not real. A successful deception earns an average bounty of 5,000 pesos ($385).

Residents in Mexico beware, as even jail cells can't keep prisoners from scamming you! In a recent article by Bloomberg, prisoners are smuggling mobile phones into their cells, scanning public phone books, and making thousands of fraud calls a day to get money. These calls can range from ransom payments for make believe kidnapping or bank deposit to claim prizes that are not real. A successful deception earns an average bounty of 5,000 pesos ($385).

About 10,000 people a month report such telephone extortion calls to a citizen group that works with law-enforcement authorities in Mexico City. Kidnappings were up 21 percent last year in Mexico, creating an uneasy climate that extortionists can exploit. Prisons have failed to quell the illegal behavior with call-blocking technology…" Bloomberg, 2014

Even if jails have failed to block these calls, the people of Mexico can succeed. By installing Truecaller, the caller identification app, on your smartphone, you will not only be able to identify unknown numbers, but also add them to a personalized block list.

How to Protect Yourself with Truecaller:
Many scammers today are targeting cell phones, and it is up to us to protect our cell phones with the correct technology. Truecaller helps identify and block over 5 million spam calls a day. Our Truecaller users help each other by marking spam or fraud calls they have identified, so another user can be protected immediately. Each day, members of the Truecaller Community adds 75,000 new spam numbers to Truecaller's Top Spammers List to keep it constantly updated.

Truecaller is available for free on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Symbian s60 and Series 40, and can be downloaded for free from your app store or the Truecaller website.

Read full article from Bloomberg here.

Cómo Protegerse con Truecaller?:
Muchos estafadores hoy están apuntando a los teléfonos celulares, y depende de nosotros proteger nuestros teléfonos celulares con la tecnología correcta. Truecaller ayuda a identificar y bloquear más de 5 millones de llamadas Spam al día. Nuestros usuarios ayudan unos a otros mediante el marcado de llamadas de Spam o de fraude que han identificado, por lo que otro usuario se puede proteger de inmediato. Cada día, los miembros de la comunidad Truecaller suman 75.000 nuevos números Spam
a la lista Top Spammers de Truecaller para mantenerla constantemente actualizada.

Truecaller está disponible de forma gratuita en Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Symbian S60 y Series 40, y se puede descargar de forma gratuita desde su tienda de aplicaciones o el sitio web Truecaller.