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By: V_S | July 08, 2017

Basically, Smishing is Phishing (like you get in your email), except it's on your Smartphone through SMS Text messages. The word itself is a mashup of SMS and Phishing, as you can see better when it's displayed like this: SMiShing.

Smishing is dangerous, as a text sent to your phone implies legitimacy. No longer is the case. With all of the (known) website breaches in the last 10 years, it's more than likely that your personal information (and cell number) are known to people wanting to take your money, identity, and other malicious things. Nowadays people store information about their family, friends, business relations, etc., so any one who has your information on any breached or hacked account/service, so your information is probably alre...

By: V_S | July 08, 2017

Bad guys are increasingly targeting you through your smartphone. They send texts that trick you into doing something against your own best interest. At the moment, there is a mystery shopping scam going on, starting out with a text invitation, asking you to send an email for more info which then gets you roped into the scam. 

 Always, when you get a text, remember to "Think Before You Tap", because more and more, texts are used for identity theft, bank account take-overs and to pressure you into giving out personal or company confidential information.  Here is a short video made by USA Today with some information about "Smishing": 

By: V_S | May 30, 2017


Federal Trade Commission - HOW TO SPOT A TECH SUPPORT SCAM:

Learn how to spot and report Tech Support Scams:

FTC - Tech Support Scams

 

Some scammers call and claim to be computer techs associated with well-known companies like Microsoft or Apple. Other scammers send pop-up messages that warn about computer problems. They say they’ve detected viruses or other malware on your computer. They claim to be “tech support” and will ask you to give them remote access to your computer. Eventually, they’ll diagnose a non-existent problem and ask you to pay for unnecessary – or even harmful – services.


If you get...