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Jan 09
2013
Steve Marr

Avoid “Smishing” on Your Cell phone

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Scam artists are always looking for new and innovative ways to get your personal information. Now, Smartphone face a new threat, “Smishing”.  These are text messages you receive made to appear official, but are fake, like:

  • Contact your bank to resolve a banking issue
  • You are provided with a purchase information and told to call a number to resolve any inaccuracies
  • Notification you signed up for a service and must notify the firm if incorrect to avoid being charged

 When any of these messages are respond to, the person is inadvertently providing personal information that will be stolen ad used to run up charges.

If you receive any suspicious messages, follow the following steps to protect yourself:

  • If the message appears to be from a legitimate source, locate that companies main phone number, rather then the number provided in the text and validate the information
  • Delete messages from unknown sources without reading.
  • Do not click on links or download apps from an unverified source, you cold be opening yourself up to a fraud
  • Never provide sensitive information to any unverified person
  • Avoid messages that appear to come from the number 5000 as this may be an identity that hides a scammer’s real number, some messages have no number at all  
  • Contact your phone provider and alert it to the messages you’ve been receiving, this my help protect other, unsuspecting people.

Legitimate businesses, such as banks, do not send out texts that elicit a response.

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