FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Police are investigating a cell phone theft that cost the victim $5,000.
Yesterday, at 12:46 p.m., a cell phone was reported stolen at 969 Concord Street, said Framingham Police.
“A cell phone was stolen and used to access the victim’s bank account taking $5,000,” said Framingham Police Lt. Rachel Mickens.
The incident “is under investigation,” said Lt., Mickens, so no other information was released.
The following tips come Boston Police:
Tips for Securing Your Personal and Financial Data on Your Mobile Devices:
- Lock Your Device with a Passcode: Utilizing a pin code every time you unlock your phone is the easiest way to keep your mobile data secure.
- Shoulder Surfing: Be aware of your surroundings. Individuals may stand close by and watch as you enter passwords for applications. Many companies offer screen protectors that can obscure your screen from onlookers as you use your devices.
- Avoid Automatic Logins: Don’t store your usernames and passwords on your device. Sign out of each application every time you are finished.
- Make Sure to Enable Passcode Features on Any Financial Apps: Many online banking and credit card apps have a passcode feature that can be enabled. If possible, only utilize apps that offer this important feature.
- If Your Phone is Stolen: Immediately secure your device remotely by enabling ‘Lost Mode’ or remotely wiping all data from the device.
- Be sure to quickly change any passwords connected to the stolen device, noting that even apps that offer ‘Two Factor Authentication may be jeopardized as the thief likely will have access to both your email account and text messages.