Urgent warning – do not open this SMS message

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Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs-GmbH (RTR) warns of a new scam via SMS.

A new scam SMS is currently circulating in Austria. Using SMS, an impending seizure of household goods is faked to stir up fears and extort payments, Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs-GmbH (RTR) informs in a release.

The message contains a link to allegedly settle outstanding debts. In this way, the perpetrators try to obtain account data and thus the victims’ money, RTR warns.

The new SMS scam was reported via the “rufnummernmissbrauch.at” platform. “The SMS informs you that a debt has allegedly not been settled and that your household goods will therefore be seized soon,” informs Dr. Klaus M. Steinmaurer, RTR’s managing director for the Telecommunications and Post Division, explaining, “The SMS naturally contain a dubious link that you are supposed to click on to settle the allegedly outstanding debt immediately using payment.”

The opening of fraud SMS does not generate any damage yet. Under no circumstances, however, should you click on the link sent with the message and disclose your account details. Steinmaurer advises deleting the SMS and under no circumstances complying with the request to install an app. “This always involves malware.”

According to RTR, it is impossible to determine who the fraudsters of the automatically sent SMS are, as the sender ID is falsified. Therefore, tracking does not work either. If you receive such an SMS, you can report the case on the platform “rufnummernmissbrauch.at”.

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