Beware of SMiShing Texts
Use our tips below to spot false and fake text messages.

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SmiShing or SMS phishing is about sending false, fake text messages, claiming the mobile user that they have won a free product or need to enter information or correct an account mistake. Within the fake text message, there is a fake URL link that would lure the individual into clicking the link or a fake phone number. After the user has clicked the link, that is when the hacking starts. The phone number may be to a hacker waiting to steal your info to use at an ATM.

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  • Credit card information
  • Account passwords
  • Account information
  • Other valuable information

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奉贤中学1:奉贤中学 Avoid clicking on any UNKNOWN messages with links. Furthermore, think about who sent you the message. Is it a person that you know?

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奉贤中学2:奉贤中学 Do not reply to text messages that have asked you about any of your personal finances.

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奉贤中学3:奉贤中学 If you have received any messages in regard to your business assets or the partnerships that you have with them and/or the bank that is associate with them, call the business or businesses to see if it is a legitimate request before responding.

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奉贤中学4:奉贤中学 Be on the lookout for messages that contain the number "5000" or any number that is not a phone number. This is a strategy where scammers have masked their identity so their location and identity are not traceable.

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奉贤中学5:奉贤中学 If the text messages (along with the unknown number) urges for a quick reply then that is a clear sign of SmiShing! Don’t Respond!

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奉贤中学6:奉贤中学 Do extensive research before replying to any message. There are plenty websites that allow anyone to run search based on a phone number and see any relatable information about whether or not a number is legit.

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奉贤中学7:奉贤中学 Never call back a phone number that was associated with the text that concerns you.

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奉贤中学8:奉贤中学 If the message states "Dear user, congratulations, you have won...." It is a clear sign for SmiShing.

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奉贤中学9:奉贤中学 Check the time when the unknown message was sent. If the text message was sent at an unusual time, then that is another sign of SmiShing.

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奉贤中学10:奉贤中学 Make sure to be aware and informed of your bank apps policy. It is important to acknowledge there is a policy that protects your money along with other personal information that is associated with the bank account.

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奉贤中学11:奉贤中学 Send the fraudulent message to the bank and wireless carrier.

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奉贤中学12:奉贤中学 Delete the fraudulent message.

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