5 SMS from fraudsters. Don’t react and delete it right away

Fake SMS messages are sent to Poles every day, who do not always know how to react properly in a given situation. Every day we receive at least a few reports of such SMS, thanks to which we can warn others about the methods of attackers.

We have seen several SMS campaigns in progress in recent weeks, some of which are interrelated while others appear to be running independently. However, this does not change the fact that you can get a fake message at any time with content that at least should appear suspicious. It is better to be cautious about such news.

To simplify the recognition of fake SMSs, we have gathered in one place 5 types of messages that you can get and which have one thing in common – Suspicious link in the content. It’s better not to click on it, and just ignore the SMS and delete it so that you won’t accidentally find it in your inbox in the future. Attempts of extortion can also be reported to the police, and the smartphone can additionally use the so-called blacklist.

SMS about the package.  We get more reports with fake links

SMS about the package. We get more reports with fake links

The news about which we receive warnings from our readers in recent days can be divided into 5 groups. Within each of them the text of the SMS is usually not identical word for word, but is related to the same topic. Recurring cases are as follows:

  1. SMS for packages and orders – a wave of frauds lasting from December 2021, in which recipients are informed, inter alia, about the alleged underpayment to the order, suspension of delivery or a problem with the shipment.
  2. Missed call messages – the second variant of the above attack, which intensified at the end of last month, but we received the first signals in November. Attackers try to encourage people to visit a page where a voicemail message is allegedly to be available.
  3. “A movie with your face or photo” – a relatively new attack working on a similar principle. The attackers declare in an SMS that at the attached link they can find material using the image of the victim.
  4. Scheduled power cut – fake SMS messages, the essence of which is to evoke a feeling of fear of disconnecting electricity due to the alleged underpayment. The link most often leads to a prepared payment service, where the victim is to be able to pay the said amount.
  5. Fake SMS “from Google” – the latest of the SMS attacks, in which the sender impersonates Google and counts on visiting a fake website. Most likely, login details are being phased out in this way.

Although all the described cases are linked by the presence of a fake link in the content, in its essence these are attacks that lead to all sorts of problems. In some cases, you can only come across spammy sites, but in others, you can pass your data into the wrong hands, or even lose money after trying to log in to a fake quick checkout page.

Regardless of the situation, it is worth being careful and attentive to clicking all similar links, especially if at first glance the address is shortened or suspicious, if only because of an unknown domain. As always, we also encourage you to inform us about future attacks via the form below.

About Alex Marcell

He likes dogs, pizza and popcorn. Already a fanboy of Nintendo and Sony, but today throws anything. He has collaborated on sites and magazines such as GameBlast, Nintendo World, Hero and Portal Pop, but today is dedicated exclusively to Spark Chronicles.

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