I love sharing articles that I think are useful. This one came from my lovely Farmers
Insurance Agent Gary Neely – take a read. And as I always tell my folks – DO NOT CLICK
on links! From anyone! Enjoy!
A new ID theft scam
Have you been “smished” lately? Identity theft expert and consultant Robert Siciliano says to be on the alert for text messages with links — they could be an ID theft scam known as smishing.1
Similar to phishing (which involves email), smishing uses cell phone text messages to deliver bait that’s intended to get you to divulge personal information. Smishing may involve winning a prize or a message that contains something that requires your immediate attention — the link tells you to “click here.” If you click on the infected link, it downloads malware that allows the bad guys to gain control of your device remotely. They can then use your phone from anywhere in the world to access your banking information, credit card data and the like.
What to do If you receive a text message that asks for sensitive information:
Visit the FTC Identity Theft website to learn more about how to minimize damage from identity theft. If you believe that you have been a victim of a smishing scam, you can file an online complaint with the Federal Trade Commission’s Complaint Assistant.
Bottom line: Avoid clicking
Save someone from getting smished As technology provides new ways to expose and defend against familiar scams, clever con artists devise new ones. We’ll continue to keep you informed and ask that you share this with loved ones and friends — smish be gone, forward this on!
I read received this article from my fabulous Insurance Agent – Gary Neely with Farmers at: http://www.farmersinsuranceemail.com/ffv/201303/02.html
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