Emails are a quick and easy way for hackers to phish for your information—but hackers have more than one trick up their sleeve.
Smishing, or SMS Phishing (text), is another way the bad guys are trying to dupe you. Text ads and notifications are something we are all used to receiving by now. Legitimate promotions fron our favorite eatery, fraud reminders from our bank, and security notifications all arrive on our phones via text message. These messages—both real and fake—are brief and often include links, so it can be difficult to decipher a smishing attempt.
One recent smishing con involves scammers pretending to be your local postal service while sending malicious text messages as part of their smishing attack. The message claims that you have a package waiting for pick up, but to see more information you must click the link in the text. If you click the link, you’re taken to a phony verification page. Here, you’re asked to enter your banking information in order to verify your identity. If you provide any information on this page, your data is sent directly to the hackers—giving them full access to your bank account. Don’t be fooled!
Here’s a few tips to stay safe from this smishing attack:
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