Are you receiving scam text messages? Here are 6 things to look out for
byFidoStephane08-30-201611:49 AM - edited 08-30-201612:05 PM
Getting tired of those pesky scam text messages filled with nonsense and malicious intent? We call that Smishing (sms + fishing), and just like you, we’re getting pretty fed up with it.
Smishers use text messages to scam you into giving up your personal or financial information, usually by inviting you to a visit a website or call a phone number. These can be difficult to identify given how little text there is, but if you take a closer look it’s easier to detect the deception.
Here are some tips to avoid being duped by these jerks:
Be wary of requests for personal information
If you get a text that states “this is from Fido Your account has been compromised, click here to confirm your information”, it’s a scam. We don’t do that.
Most legit businesses don’t use emails, SMS or pop-ups when gathering personal information. And they won’t direct you to a shady URL to enter your personal info, either.
Watch for alarmists
If you get offered lottery-sized payouts for a little bit of information, or you’re told that babies or puppies are going to suffer if you don’t share your information, it’s a scam.
Look for typos in URLs or email addresses
Scam artists will often register domains with minor variations on actual domain names, like www.ffido.ca.
Take your time to read the SMS so you detect the deceptive tactics.
Look for the “s”
When you see “https” in front of a URL, you know it’s secure. Don’t see the “s”? Don’t submit.
Learn more about detecting fraud and keeping yourself and friends aware. Here are some sites to check out: