How To Stop Spam Text Messages (Smishing)

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    Last Updated on March 31, 2023

    Stop Spam Text Messages

    Scammers who exploit the use of text messages (SMS) to install malicious malware are promoting unwanted ads that can eventually lead to identity theft. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center report, a form of cyber fraud called “Smishing” cost victims across the USA over $54 million in 2020. Read through this guide to learn more about these spam text messages.

    Top 4 Most Common Smishing Attacks

    “Urgent” Messages About Your Credit Card or Bank Account

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    Text messages ask you to change your PIN or password because your account is locked or a fraudulent activity has occurred. In reality, hackers are “verifying” your identity to obtain personal information.

    Notifications That You’ve Won Something

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    It sounds suspicious if you’ve won something from a contest or raffle that you didn’t enter — even more so when you have to enter personal information to obtain the prize.

    Fake Surveys

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    Real surveys are prompted by something you actually did with a retail or online store. Be wary if ever you receive a text message asking to answer a survey through a website you do not recognize.

    Fake Messages From Trusted Brands

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    Scammers are now taking advantage of trusted brands. Be vigilant! A simple misspelled word can help identify a smishing attack.

    5 Do’s and Don’ts for Spam Text Messages

    1. Stop sharing your phone number:

    Be vigilant in giving out your phone number. Check to see if it is required when doing online activities such as online shopping, subscribing to online services or when scheduling an appointment. One good question: “Do I trust the [company, service, etc.] to protect my privacy?”

    2. Don’t reply or respond to messages asking for information:

    Directly replying to such messages can lead the scammers to ask for your personal information or lead you to install a malicious app unknowingly.

    Clicking links from spam text messages is how scammers can attain your personal information. Think before you click!

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    4. Block Spam Texts Through Your Phone Settings

    For Android:
    Note: The steps may vary depending on the phone brand and model.

    • Select the text message you received
    • On the upper-right, tap the dots
    • Select Blocklist or Block Sender

    For iOS:

    • Go to your phone Settings then tap Messages
    • Tap on Blocked then tap “Add New”
    • Select the contact or number that you want to add to the block list
    • After selecting, tap “Done”: you won’t receive any messages from that contact or number.

    5. Report Spam Text Messages

    For North America:
    Here is a list of the known mobile carriers that support reporting of spam texts:

    • AT&T
    • Sprint
    • T-Mobile
    • Verizon

    To report, you can forward spam text messages to 7726 or SPAM to help investigate and prevent other customers from receiving it.

    For Australia:
    Report any kind of spam to Scamwatch.

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