You should take immediate action if your mobile is stolen rather than being a victim of cybercrime.
Street crime is on the rise in Pakistan. Thieves have become so brazen that they can calmly walk up to an individual and demand the victim’s mobile phone from them in open-air cafes, shopping centers, and other public spaces.
Imagine you’re enjoying a drink in what you assumed was a safe public space, when all of a sudden, you’re confronted by a thief who snatches your phone from you. The anxiety of what might happen to your personal information and contact may consume you.
Here are some practical measures to take if you are a victim of Mobile snatching.
- Immediately have your phone blocked:
When you have faced mobile phone snatching/stealing, you should contact your mobile network agency immediately to block your sim card so that the phone is useless to the perpetrators. In this case, you can go to the phone company’s website to see the process of blocking your mobile phone.
Moreover, you can also block your phone blocked through its International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. You can find this code on your mobile device. Once found you should jot down this number as a security measure.
- Change your passwords:
If you are a victim of phone-snatching then your personal information such as bank details and email information is at high risk. You should swiftly change your passwords pertaining to online banking, social media, and your email.
Inform your bank so that they can block their online banking app on your phone. This will bar the thief or thieves from stealing from you and they will not be able to access your account through third-party sources either.
- Inform police:
File a complaint at the nearest police station. After you have informed them of the situation at hand they can alert others about mobile snatchers. The complaint will also suffice as proof which you may need to show your bank and mobile network company. The police know of areas where mobile snatches are on the rise, so they can start their investigation.
- Notify your family and friends:
The personal or professional information of your friends and family is at risk when you face mobile snatching/stealing. The perpetrators could scam your loved ones via email or free messaging apps. Having alerted your loved ones, they can block your number or be more careful when receiving messages from the mobile number of your social media accounts.
These are the steps you should take immediately in case of mobile snatching. In this digital age, data is the most important thing which can disturb your family’s lives if getting into the wrong hands. We must be careful while using the technology, it is as dangerous as it is useful, depending upon your usage.
We should make sure to secure our data and keep everything under security. All the above-mentioned actions can save you from being the victim of cyber attacks and hacking.