You’ve probably been tempted to take out your phone to use it as a backup.
But don’t do it, as you might find yourself getting the same message that your phone has been stolen.
Cell phone thefts are a growing problem.
The latest numbers show that in the U.S. alone, there were more than 11,000 incidents in 2016.
So how do you tell if your phone is being used?
And how can you protect yourself from a cell phone thief?
Here’s how to tell if a cell-phone thief is using your phone: When thieves are stealing your phone, they typically steal your SIM card or SIM card slot.
The thief then uses the phone to make a call, usually to a landline number.
If the phone doesn’t have a SIM card, then the thief uses it as an unauthorized SIM card.
The phone is then connected to a SIM-card reader and the thief tries to use the phone as an unlocked SIM-book or SIM-pad.
When the thief is unsuccessful, he or she can sometimes use the stolen SIM-cards as a fake SIM card that is used to make calls and texts.