Asset Planning, Inc Blog

The latest from the team.

Cell Phone SIM Swap Scam

Just when we thought we were safe by setting up two-step authentication on our accounts, hackers are getting smarter and scamming us in a different way. The new scam is when a hacker calls your cell phone service provider, pretends to be you and says that you lost your phone and need to activate the new one. They do this by having enough personal information about you to convince the cell phone provider that it is really you. Once they have this information all your texts, phone calls and anything else you receive on your phone will be transferred to their phone and yours will be deactivated. So, all those text messages you receive when logging into your accounts will go directly to the new phone and right into the hacker's hands. This is scary stuff. Please read the following article with the detailed information on the scam and ways to protect yourself from having it happen to you.

How To Prevent and Respond to a SIM Swap Scan

Continue reading
  246 Hits
246 Hits

More Scam Alerts and Security Tips

We've come across a few more scams that we thought you should be aware of...

The first one is a scam where an unknown number will call you and only ring once or twice and not leave a message. Your first instinct is to call them back to see who it is. It turns out that it is a 900 number you are calling back and you get charged for the call. The phone companies are not reversing the charges for these calls so be weary on calling back unusual numbers. My thought is if it's important whoever is calling you will leave a message.

Next, a client alerted us to a company that is offering free cell phones to seniors with low income. They ask for all your personal information such as social security numbers, drivers license numbers, etc. There are some legit companies out there that do offer these programs but there are also scammers out there trying to steal identities. Before giving out your personal information be sure to do your research on the company or person who you're dealing with. You don't want your information getting in the wrong hands.

Lastly, stay vigilant with people calling or emailing you and asking for your personal information. Legitimate companies will never call or email you to get passwords or social security numbers. One way to tell in an email is by looking at the grammar. More times than not on a scam email the grammar will be wrong. Also, NEVER click on a link sent to you in an email from someone you don't recognize. If you are in doubt about whether a request for information is legitimate or not, always call the company back on a number that you have looked up yourself, so you know that you're actually calling the right place.

If you have any scams that you would like to tell us about, so we can alert our clients, please email me at melani@assetplanninginc.com

We hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Melani

Continue reading
  355 Hits
355 Hits

Search Blogs Module

Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar
life saver ID card president Trump COVID -19 virus Medicare Advantage business hours fun atmosphere gap insurance Notary Public trust card reader Social Security Administration trustee National Ice Cream month stock pile Open Enrollment offering insurance app CFP ® Roth IRA retirement health care costs drive /usb records credit cards Fox News story information Kiplinger Letter paperwork clutter people medications Medicare Part B premiums phishing sites 2017 TD Ameritrade National LINC Conference client portal integral member Part D premiums . insurance policy borrowing money emergency folder summer 4 pm -8pm donation counts tax season non-prescripstion sunglasses checklists cell phone carriers offer Wells Fargo customers 70 1/2. memorial Day weekend Facebook profile policy credit freeze vision screening 20 year anniversary September 9 Financial Planning Magazine Brexit vote TD Ameritrade driver license Orange County Superior Court 2017 Equifax breach April 18 2017. hurricane Dorian portal jury duty clients show support flash drive Treasury Department coronavirus emergency kit Erin Nelsen tax deadlines car loans home emergency preparedness kits birth certificates spring cleaning years clients Retirement Contribution Limits June 29 investment statements pets cell phone SIM swap scam estate home emergency kit prescription eyeglasses retirement planning illiegal robocallers 2018 IRA contributions privacy settings Healthcare notary services earnings fallout phone Ice Cream Social asset Planning home mortgages team members pet supplies scams FSA rescue organizations Amazon January 10 Labor Day credit card company partner /owner Wells Fargo employees April 15 D premiums credit score 23 andme estate planning earthquake app executive order breach September 30 2020. Coronavirus Aid EEChecklist-Kits.pdf stockpilingchecklist.pdf fees identity thieves disaster areas cell phone service provider Federal Trade Commission website Victor Dergunov identity theft family members VOIP landline phones media accounts Economic Security Mobile Banking Security Tips credit card fraud Part B Shred paperwork vacation self-help topics consumer spending contribution limit Puerto Rico tax filing deadlines house sitter home break-ins cell phones Joey Gonzales July 4 official certification Medicare Part B items paper records October 1 2020. stimulus package home bottom line estate planning direction 2017 IRA contributions chip-enabled EMV cards Social Security July 6 Asset Planning Independence Day ice cream wells Fargo parking spots donation items assets interest Flexible Spending Account Medicare plan phone companies California Lions Friends payments banking IRS deadline Open House tax returns Legal robocalls home security https ://seekingalpha holidays approach 401K account numbers pet email notifications privacy notices toilet paper September 8 April 11 DNA test kits health care services IRA accounts web address company Supplemental Security Income retirement accounts information Facebook student loans markets operations manager debt Orange County Two-Step Verification padlock phishing scams February 14 CA FTB credit monitoring service cell phone carriers Kraig Mathias IRS interest rates relief efforts tax records Charles Schwab Expired medications fun facts Medicare Affordable Care Act CARES Act spread news coverage settlement options emergency kits Medicare question blog post opt-out FEMA website CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER exam “ skimmer ”. July 3 rd documents retirement plans Auto insurance money pet industry spam phone insurance policies water … 900 number clone counterfeits https :// check lists increase cell phone provider July weekend market turmoil tax deadline ice cream event text messages pet donation drive