Looks like we have another scam going around targeting buyers of cell phone monitoring software.
According to a recent report by Symantec, there is a product called SMS Privato Spy that is marketed as allowing you to view the target's phone screen (live), activate and listen on the microphone, view call logs, and perform GPS tracking at all times. But wait, there is more!
The one big feature SMS Privato Spy advertises, one that NOBODY is offering is… remote installation. SMS Privato Spy says that to install their software, you simply send a text message to the phone you want to monitor. Sounds impressive right?
Well too bad it's all a scam.
See the trick to these spy phone scams, is to offer features that they know people want, but are not available on the market. There was a product out in 2009 called MMS Interceptor which offered the same thing. However, their angle was to get people to install their software on their own phone, claiming it would magically enable you to spy on any other target phone. The problem is once people installed the software on their own phone, all the user's sensitive data would be sent back to the people behind MMS Interceptor. I'm sure you can imagine what happened after that.
Going back to SMS Privato Spy, this one actually looks a lot more legit because they have an actual website that looks on par with any of the other established spy phone vendors. You have an FAQ, Features list, info on how to order, support, and more. So what happens when you decide to take out your credit card to purchase this product?
According to the Symantec warning, “If a person follows the instructions on the website, they will obtain a voucher pin code from an online payment site for the payment amount. Once they use this payment pin code to register and purchase the product on the site, they are presented with the message below telling them that their order is being processed.”
And that's the last information they are given – they will NOT be contacted (as promised) within 24 hours.
You my friend, have just been scammed!
PS> If you suspect a product is a scam and/or were actually cheated out of money from a company that pretended to sell cell phone monitoring software, leave a comment below and I'll do a write up and warn others.
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