[itdiscuss] Evil Hackers Using Text Messages To Steal Personal Information
jeffrey at janoah.net
Thu Jan 20 20:29:03 EST 2011
Thieves are now using text messages to steal your personal information
Scammers are finding new ways to get your personal information and now they are invading your cell phone. It's called SMISHING. They send text messages to your cell phone making false claims to obtain personal information.
The most common SMISHING scam so far is a text message claiming your bank account is frozen, and a toll free number is provided to call to clear things up.
If you get a "SMISHING" text remember these tips:
1. Do not reply to the message. It could be a test to see if your number is active, which could result in more unwanted messages.
2. Call your bank immediately. Financial institutions do not communicate with their customers through a text message.
3. Call your cell phone provider and have them put a block on premium text messages.
I have also seen stories where links in emails from unknown sources are giving Evil Hackers complete access to smart-phones because the link is able to launch an app that gives up the system.
Sent from my iPhone
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