If you answer yes, we recommend that you act immediately, by following our guidelines below, and then proceed to our Report, Recover and Reinforce sections for further assistance. Remember, a hacked cell phone or smartphone can affect your finances, career, privacy, safety and reputation.

Some Immediate Action Steps to Take*

  • Install security software on your Android phone.
  • Disable WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS when you’re not using them.
  • Avoid easy unlocking methods.
  • Delete personal data from your phone.
  • Don’t open suspicious emails or click on links in text messages.

Report

Reporting cybercrime incidents to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)is very important! The more national reporting data that is collected, the better the chance law enforcement has to catch the criminals and decrease online crime. Although the FBI does not resolve individual complaints directly, they will make your report available to local, state and other law enforcement partners. The FAQs about reporting can be found here. Please read the FBI/IC3 privacy policy here. (If you believe that you’ve received a phishing email, please forward the email directly to spam@uce.gov and
reportphishing@apwg.org.)

Recover

These resources have been gathered, selected and vetted to help simplify the process of recovering after a cybercrime incident has taken place. You may need to contact organizations outside Fraudsupport.org. Results will vary depending on your circumstances.

Inform your carrier:

Reinforce

Once you have notified the appropriate organizations and you are on the road to recovery, it is time to reinforce your cybersecurity using these resources and tools.

Implement Preventive Measures*

  • Keep passwords private.
  • Set a passcode. Choose a password that’s hard to guess.
  • Avoid auto-login.
  • Keep your operating system up-to-date.
  • Vet apps before installing them.
  • Memorize how to control your phone remotely.
  • Use a VPN when on unsecured Wi-Fi connections.
  • Don’t overshare personal info on social media.
  • Avoid sending personal information from your phone.
  • Backup your data.

*More information on these general guidelines can be found on the FTC website

Operation Safe Escape

  • Operation Safe Escape is an organization of cybersecurity experts who tackle some of the unique challenges of domestic violence victims.
  • The group can help identify if an abuser has installed a spy app – such as Spy Phone App, Spyzie, or Spyera – on a cell phone or mobile device.
  • The organization uses self-‘doxing,’, private networks and incognito apps to help keep victims safe.