Smishing is increasing more and more rapidly than now. Even security experts warn about it and give hints how what this new danger looks like on your smartphone!
It is a compound of “phishing” and “SMS” and thus even explains itself. Because it works like the scam from cybercriminals known as phishing, only it’s just targeted and received directly on your smartphone.
Phishing is the hacking of personal data. This is usually done via fraudulent emails that entice you to click on a link or open an attachment. In the worst case, this can be enough for fraudsters to steal your data.
This is also increasingly appearing via SMS, so security experts are now warning against smishing. Experts of PSW GROUP, as Computerwelt states, warn against four known methods of this kind of cybercrime.
- A text message with a download link – The first method, often repeatedly noticed in smishing, works like regular email phishing. In this case, a text message is sent that contains a link.
However, when this is clicked, the software is downloaded without being asked, which allows the hackers to make their mischief on your smartphone.
- Redirection to a fake website – Here, a link is also sent via text message. However, you are not taken to the company website (such as the post office or your bank) but a fake version when you click on it. If you enter your personal banking information here, they steal it from you….
- Spear-smishing – Under this term, security specialists understand that scammers get smart about their victims on social networks. Spear smishing is, therefore, an attack that is precisely tailored to you, which pretends to be more credible through familiarity to elicit more successful data from you.
- False persons are faked – This smishing method is particularly nasty and sophisticated because it also tricks you into feeling credible. The scammer pretends to be a customer service representative and asks you to call a certain number via SMS.
However, if you do so, they elicit your personal information, such as date of birth and, in the worst case, much more… with a series of questions. But even with fraudulent calls, it is better not to pick up the phone!
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