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SMiShing: Scammers now using text messages to get private information

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Scammers are now using text messages to get your private information. (KCTV5) Scammers are now using text messages to get your private information. (KCTV5)
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Scammers are now using text messages to get your private information.

It's called SMiShing. Hackers use text messages to trick you into handing over personal information.

The text messages tell you that you've won a prize or offer a link that looks like it's from a friend telling you to check something out. Or, it might be a text from someone pretending to be your bank.

We used to only see these scam attempts in email.

"Mail host providers such as Yahoo and Google have become smarter as far as blocking spam messages out, and cyber criminals are aware of this. So what they're doing is using smartphones to lure victims into fishy website and into identity theft and stolen money," technology expert Burton Kelso said.

Here's what you need to know to protect yourself:

  • Don't share your number on social media or anywhere online.
  • Never click links, at least until you know for sure it's legitimate.
  • Use a different number for a business.
  • Don't trust text messages that directly request personal or financial information. Government agencies and banks - won't ask for sensitive data via text. 

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