A text goes a long way, and companies have started to employ this method in disseminating information or alerting customers about their status or activities. As convenient as it may be, it is, however, an avenue that hackers can exploit.
Since we can do almost everything on our mobile phones, we must be vigilant against scams. We at BetterWorld Technology suggest you protect your devices and look for signs of smishing scams.
What Is a Smishing Scam?
Smishing is a phishing scam that uses Short Message Service (SMS), or text messages, to deceive victims into giving out sensitive information or downloading malicious software. Smishing attacks usually come from numbers similar to the victim's contact or a trusted institution, making them harder to spot.
What Are the Different Forms of Smishing Scams?
Smishing scams generally include links that take you to a fake but authentic-looking website that steals your personal information or infects your device with malware.
A smishing text can come in many forms. Here are some common examples:
● Delivery Problem Texts: You may have received a text message saying there was an issue with your recent purchase or transaction. The message will ask you to click a link to provide more information or resolve the problem.
● Fake Appointment Scheduling: Some text messages come from what looks like a legitimate company or institution, asking you to click a link to confirm an appointment.
● Free Gift Scams: Smishing texts saying you've won a gift or a chance to win prizes by clicking a link are incredibly enticing.
Other smishing scams could look like job offers, bank alerts, technical support, and more.
You Need a Reliable IT Provider
Although the first defense against smishing scams is identifying what they look like, a reliable IT provider is the best protection against them. With managed IT services, you can rest assured that your devices and data are well-protected against any cyberattack.
Protect your company against phishing, viruses, malware, and other online threats. Contact us today to learn more about our services.