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How to Identify a “Smishing” Attempt on Your Smartphone

Smishing, a combination of SMS and phishing, is a cybercrime where attackers send deceptive text messages to trick victims into providing sensitive information or visiting malicious websites. Unlike traditional phishing emails, smishing targets smartphones through SMS messages. Cybercriminals use social engineering tactics to gain the victim’s trust and make the messages more enticing.

To protect yourself from smishing attacks, be cautious of the following signs:

  1. Links or files you weren’t expecting.
  2. Urgent requests for help from seemingly credible organizations.
  3. Congratulations on winning contests you never entered.
  4. Messages from financial institutions or familiar brands.
  5. Urgent messages urging you to verify personal details through links or automated phone numbers.

While some legitimate messages may contain these signs, it’s best to err on the side of caution. If you receive urgent messages from banks or brands, verify their authenticity through direct calls and ensure they provide sufficient proof. Staying aware and vigilant can help you avoid falling victim to smishing attempts and protect your personal information.

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