Last week we reported on “text from myself scams” targeting Verizon customers. Now scammers have taken aim at T-Mobile customers and started to spread similar scam text messages to them. Did you receive any?
- Free Msg: Your bill is paid for March. Thanks, here’s a little gift for you: shuntness[.]com
How T-Mobile Text Message Scams Work
Promising you a free gift, scammers try to lure you into clicking on the embedded link in the message. If you do so, you will then be taken to a phishing website designed to steal your personal information — everything you submit there will end up in the scammers’ hands, and they can use it to commit identity theft.
We’ve written about other phishing text messages that impersonate T-Mobile before. For example, in another T-Mobile phishing scheme, scammers advertised a free iPad to try to trick you into clicking on the phishing link:
- GREAT NEWS: phn# 9512820784 earned a free Apple-lPad from your CARRIER. Get it TODAY. Limited Supplies. <URL> STOP2END
Again, the scammers’ goal is to lead you to a fake website that collects all your data.
With it, scammers can commit any number of cybercrimes in your name. For example, they could use the credit card information you enter to hack into your bank account and withdraw your money, or even use your personal information to commit identity theft. Don’t let them!
How to protect yourself
- As suggested by T-Mobile, you can forward spam/suspicious text messages to 7726.
- Be extra wary of strange messages sent to you out of the blue.
- Be suspicious of free gifts and prizes.
- NEVER click links or attachments in suspicious messages. Use Trend Micro Check to combat scams with ease!
Trend Micro Check is an all-in-one browser extension and mobile app for detecting scams, phishing attacks, malware, and dangerous links — and it’s FREE!
After you’ve pinned the Trend Micro Check extension, it will block dangerous sites automatically! (Available on Safari, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge).
You can also download the Trend Micro Check mobile app for 24/7 automatic scam and spam filtering. (Available for Android and iOS).
Check out this page for more information on Trend Micro Check.
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