You’ve probably received one – if you didn’t know what it was you were probably confused, and if you did know what it was you were more than likely, pretty annoyed. Text messaging scams are actually a type of spam, in other words unwanted contact or content sent to you via your electronic device without your consent.
So, how do you identify SMS spam?
Well, it’s actually fairly straight forward:
- text messaging scams usually consist of notifications of lottery wins or announcements of other fake wins
- the sender is unknown or the SMS in question comes from a strange looking number
- the message is seeking your personal information in response
- there is typically no option to unsubscribe from the messages.
How to avoid becoming a victim
With SMS scams on the rise and one of the most popular forms of mobile attacks amongst crooks, it’s important you know how to avoid becoming a victim. A good rule of thumb is to never ever respond to a text message from a suspicious source or someone you don’t know, not even to unsubscribe, as you could be incurring ridiculous hidden fees, or inadvertently sharing more personal information with the hacker.
It’s also very important to review your phone bill carefully and regularly – terms like “premium content” or “direct bill charge” are indicative of unwanted charges. Your service provider can help you to have these blocked.
Another piece of advice: be careful who you share your contact information with online – don’t give it out in forums or on your Facebook page, because by doing so you’re only inviting unwanted connections.
Lastly, try to stay informed about the latest threats to your mobile security.
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