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Advice to protect your mobile phone

 

Take care of your mobile phone - or someone else will!

That is the message from the Isle of Man Communications Commission as its officers update advice on preventing mobile phone theft and unauthorised use.

The Commission has warned Manx consumers they may be held responsible for any charges incurred on a lost or stolen phone until the phone is reported as such to their mobile provider.

They say Island residents are not immune from this form of crime especially when travelling, quoting cases where charges of more than £10,000 have been run up in just 24 hours.

The Commission says mobile phones should be treated in a similar manner to a bank or credit card. Handsets and SIMs need to be protected with passwords and a note kept of the phone's IMEI number, which can be used to block your phone. This can be found by keying *#06# into your phone or looking behind the battery.

Residents should also consider barring calls to international and premium rate numbers when travelling abroad.

The Commisison says there are also apps which can be used to trace a lost or stolen Apple or Android device.

 

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