Four Text Scams You Should look Out For
The email has been around long enough for us to recognize phishing scams. If not, GladiKnow has several blogs about email scams! If you work at any job that requires the use of a computer, you are often subjected to taking an internet security training course.
Texting scams are on the rise; they are called smishing. The ability to use social skills to gain trust from individuals has resulted in tons of innocent people losing their money. Here are some common texting scams to look out for.
1. Bank and Financial Scams
It is so easy to replicate a text message from a bank. Often hackers imitate financial institutions like Venmo, PayPal, and traditional banks to control your information. They text often include urgent attention to some strange charge on your account. These messages prompt victims to enter account details, call a phone number or click on a link.
Avoiding these actions are in your best interest. If you were to do any of those, say click on the link you run the risk of a virus encrypting your smartphone. Reporting the incident right away should be your first step. If you are concerned about your account, pull up a web browser and log into the actual website and check your account summary.
2. Donation Scams
Charities and nonprofit organizations have started using shortcodes to get donations. A shortcode is a five-digit number, which means it is smaller than a phone number, and it is easier to send mass texts. If you have ever donated, you may be susceptible to these texts.
Hackers have caught onto this, and they create texts with shortcodes and send it to tons of people. They use nearly legitimate texts that are hard to differentiate between the real ones.
3. Malware Attacks
Malware attacks are just like email ones. These text messages will often include a link that will then download some software or app that contains malware. This software/app will allow hackers to gather information that is on your phone. These sorts of hacks have been known for identity theft.
4. Reward Scams
Instant gratification is tempting. Hackers are aware of this and have come up with reward scams. This scam will claim you have won something, like a gift card, a trip, cash, or a car. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The texts will have you click the link and usually have some malware that gains your personal information.
Right when you get a strange text, be sure to report it right away. Never click on a link or a number included, these will take advantage of your information. If you want to verify a number, use reverse phone search on GladiKnow (gladiknow.com), a person search platform. GladiKnow can provide comfort if it is a real person or not.
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