SMS Phishing is fast becoming one of the most common forms of threat – even more so than fake apps.
You might think that in the scale of things, SMS scams as a cyber threat is a bit old school, but that’s what makes them so darn clever. You are constantly reminded about looking out for fake apps, dodgy emails and unsecured websites but what happens if you get a text telling you you’ve won a product?
The chances are because it’s not an email, you would be drawn in. The fake URL contained within the message proves too tempting, and you click – after all, what harm could it do? It’s only a text.
The problem is that one click will unleash malware on your smartphone.
Don’t get caught out
It pays to be vigilant whether using your PC, tablet or phone. To help you stay safe here are a few things to watch out for, courtesy of BullGuard:
- Don’t click on messages from unknown sources that contain links
- Don’t reply to any messages that ask about your finances
- If the text demands a quick reply, ignore it, it’s probably a smishing attempt
- Don’t call back a number associated with a text that has arrived ‘out of the blue’
- If the message starts: “Dear user, congratulations, you have won” (or something along those lines) it’s a scam
- If the message purports to be from a long lost friend, it’s a scam
To be on the safe side, here at MPM we recommend you protect your devices with a product like BullGuard (others are available).
Above all, stay vigilant and stay safe.