What is Smishing Attack and How to Avoid It
Hello everyone, today’s article is all about smishing. So let’s get started.
What is Smishing Attack?
So first thing is, it is a phishing Attack done through SMS, which stands for short message services.
Smishing is the same concept of phishing, but it’s pushing out text messages, and the concept is basically they send you a text, and it could be an alert, stating that a package was delivered or wasn’t delivered, or you’re getting something for free from Amazon, click on the link and follow it and provide some information.
Be aware, it is a red alert, because Amazon will never give you anything free, or the bank will never text you asking for you to enter your social security number or log in for any reason.
Now sometime these smishing attacks will also consist of is asking you to install or download some particular app to continue with what they want you to do.
That is a huge No! because if you install something that you do not know, like a third party application, it can start stealing your information on your phone.
How Can You Protect Yourself against Smishing Attack?
A couple of things that you should do is look at the source of the text message.
If by any chance your bank is texting you, and you weren’t really expecting a text from your bank, don’t click on the link. Don’t enter your information to log in to anything.
Suspicious requests, such as alerts from your bank account, or package delivery that you never know requested to get from Amazon or FedEx can lead you to get scammed by scammers.
Don’t click on the link, delete it.
Avoid entering personal information if they ask you to enter credit card or social security, or even log in to your TD or chase bank.
Ask Question to yourself...
Why are they asking you to enter that stuff, right?
Next, do not sign in to anything over the text message.
If you get a notification and alert with your bank, go online, log in to your bank, type in that web address, which has that HTTPS address.
Login that way and then check right because most likely, you should have a notification on your online profile too.
If they are saying that, you’re going to get a $1,000 gift card if you click on this link and enter your information. It's phony, don’t do it.
If it’s too good to be true, it’s not right. I mean, why someone will give you free money or gift cards, you are not that lucky (don't mind!).
Don’t download or install any third-party applications.
Last but not least, the best way that you can protect yourself against smishing attack is to find the text messages that are kind of suspicious to you, block the number, and delete it. And that’s it.
In the world full of technology, online frauds and scams are increasing exponentially. Be aware, because your money and your personal information matters a lot.
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