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Text Message Phishing Scams – Tech Tip For June 22, 2022

This month we are recapping the most important tech tips that we have shared you in 2022 so far. This week we are going to recap our March 2022 cybersecurity tech tips but with a little twist. We’re going to cover “Smishing” which stands for text message (or SMS) phishing scams.

“Smishing” occurs when scammers send fake text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information – things like your password, account number, or Social Security number. If they get that information, they could gain access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Or they could sell your information to other scammers.

The scammers use a variety of stories to try to rope you in such as:

If you receive a text message that you weren’t expecting and/or you don’t recognize the phone number it came from:

  • First and foremost, do not give personal information and don’t click on any links. Legitimate companies won’t ask for information about your account by text.
  • If you think the message might be real, contact the company using a phone number or website you know is real, not the information in the text message.

There are many ways you can filter unwanted text messages or stop them before they reach you. The simplest way is to block the messages. Here’s how to do this:

You can also report spam text messages:

You can check out all of our March 2022  Cybersecurity tech tips here:  March 2022 – TechWise Group | A Fresh Take On Tech 

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