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“I was in despair”.

The words of someone who gave their phone to a stranger in need. Their charity ended up costing them over GBP £5,000.

This article in The Guardian describes what happened.

The scam is pretty simple – Someone asks to borrow your phone. Your phone then disappears.

The likelihood of one of us falling for a similar scam is pretty high, especially if it happens when we are (under the influence) more trusting of strangers.

The impact ranges from minimal to disastrous, depending on how well your phone and its contents are protected.


So what?

Your mobile phone is called a “mobile” for a reason: It’s VERY mobile.

The LIKELIHOOD of your mobile phone being lost or stolen is high.

So, make sure you have taken steps to reduce the IMPACT of such an incident.



  1. If you must store sensitive information on your phone, make sure it is stored securely so it is not immediately accessible when your phone is unlocked. For example, use a password manager that is secured with a unique password.
  2. Store a copy of the most important information elsewhere (e.g. at home), so if you lose your phone, you can retrieve the necessary information to block bank cards, remove access to other accounts, and remotely wipe the device.
  3. And in case we need to state the obvious: Try not to give your phone to complete strangers.


Worried about the impact that something like this could have on your reputation?

  • The Secure Foundation (Solo Edition) course at MySecurityGuide.com gives you step-by-step guidance on how to secure your online accounts, mobile phone, and laptop.
  • Multi-Factor Authentication; Password Management; Phone Security; Laptop Security; Backups; Encryption – You name it. You will have it.
  • Security Without Insanity: Step-by-step guidance for ‘normal’ people.
  • You can learn more here.