SMS SCAM | Scam alert: this is “smishing”, the cyberattack that wreaks havoc

SMS SCAM |  Scam alert: this is “smishing”, the cyberattack that wreaks havoc

Warning, scam. The authorities warn of the proliferation of “smishing”, a formula for cyberattacks that is wreaking havoc and that “hunts” its victims through mobile phones. That’s how thugs work.

“Smishing” is, as the experts explain, one more variant of “phishing”, in which thieves send text messages to mobile phones with an alarming message and which is generally related to banks or telephone companies.

That SMS with the alarming message is the cheese and the trap a link. The “link” acts as a “gateway” to a website that pretends to be the banking, telephone or supply company (whatever the offender has chosen) and in which access data is requested.

If the victim falls for the trap and ends up revealing their personal data, the thief will have a free hand to access their personal data in the service they have simulated.

As the Police alert, there are certain “triggers” that can warn us that it is a scam. In the message it is common for them to resort to concepts such as “security”, “reactivate”, “blocking”, “cancellation”… terms that are intended to alert and attract the attention of the victim.

Another of the triggers that should set off our alarms is the web address to which they direct us. We must be vigilant and monitor the final extension of the web, which They are usually from unusual domains such as ly, to or at.

If any of these messages are received, it is ideal that we delete them immediately. On the other hand, if we have fallen into the trap, what we must do is contact the entity that the cybercriminals have simulated, change all our passwords and, if we detect any strange movement, also go to the Police.


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