Smishing Scams! Protect Yourself Against Text Message Phishing
How many messages do you receive every day? How many of them are actually scams? We rely on text messages to find out when our packages arrive, to get the latest promotions, and to be notified when there are suspicious activities on our accounts.
Smishing is phishing through text messaging. Scammers use smishing to get personal information using messages that pretend to give bank account updates, package delivery information, and vaccine news.
The 3 Most Common Smishing Scams
1. Delivery Scams
Scammers fake notifications from delivery companies such as FedEx or UPS using text messaging. Scammers put phishing links in the message and ask recipients to click on the links to verify the delivery address or to confirm acknowledgment of the shipment.
Delivery smishing scams. Source: Twitter
2. Bank Scams
Lots of scammers spoof text messages from banks and pretend that suspicious activity was found on the recipient’s bank account. They send fake notifications and ask the recipients to click on a phishing link to confirm or resolve any issues. The victim is directed to a fake bank website that asks for financial credentials, like passwords, credit card numbers, or bank account details. With this information, scammers can gain access to the victim’s bank account and steal their money.
Examples of phishing texts. Source: Twitter
3. Vaccine Scams
Scammers pretend to represent the CDC, FDA, WHO, or medical companies such as Pfizer or Moderna, falsely claiming that the recipient of the text can apply for early access to the COVID-19 vaccine through the link provided. These messages may also pretend to provide the latest news about the pandemic in order to lure people to click a link.
Vaccine smishing message. Source: Twitter
The best way to protect yourself is not to respond to smishing messages.
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