Today, I will show you how to identify and avoid SMS scams. Also, I will add an infographic as well.
It seems like everything is more convenient in this digital era when you're just one click away from your smartphone. These mobile devices are handy and powerful. It can help you keep a record of your schedule, remind you of important meetings or appointments, and help you stay connected with your loved ones, whether through online messaging or text message.
Naturally, with smartphones' convenience comes scams and phishing attacks, with one of the top methods being done through SMS. These days, scammers and attackers are becoming more creative with their approach. Here are some tips to help you quickly spot suspicious messages.
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SMS Scams Warning Signs
- The message asks for your personal information such as your full name, address, email address, Social Security number, bank or credit card details, and online account password.
- The message requests submission of your personal data for activities or events you didn't sign up for, such as contact tracing, financial aid, and so on.
- Beware of SMS that instructs you to click on a shady link to fix a problem, access a service, get qualified for a free promo, or win a prize.
- The message asks you to send money to deliver a suspicious package or use a service.
Tips To Avoid SMS Scams
- Avoid clicking on shady links from unknown messages at all costs.
- Don't be too trusting, and don't give away your personal information willingly without considering the legitimacy of the sender.
- Change your passwords from time to time to make it difficult for hackers to access your account.
- Get in touch with the company or organization that supposedly sent the text for verification.
- Do not entertain messages from unknown numbers, even if the message indicates you can text “STOP” to stop all incoming messages from them.
- Don't immediately assume the message is legitimate just because it comes from a familiar number or shortcode. Spammers use software and tools to spoof businesses to appear like a trusted source.
Don't Fall Victim to SMS Fraudsters
It's important to remain vigilant about the messages you receive, especially if it comes from unknown and dubious numbers. Know that these people have one goal in mind: to steal your information for their own gain.
To help you avoid SMS phishing and steer clear of the common traps, take a look at the visual graph below. Be sure to take notes and share with your loved ones to warn them.