First it was phony phone solicitors telling you that your long lost uncle left you $1,000,000 when they died in England. "Just give me your social security and bank info so I can deposit.
Then of course emails began as the latest tool that we all know too well.
Now texts are the latest trend of deceptive practices that will get clicks and attack innocent bystanders.
I'm the first person that would love a "No-Exercise 'Skinny Pill'", but I'm pretty certain if I clicked on the link that was text to me, I would be compromising my phone and all the data on it (including passwords).
Notice in the example attached that "ketosupplement" sent me a text advertising their product (or scam, I'll never know because I steer very clear of unsolicited advertisements and never click on or respond.)
In this example, the sender has figured out a way to send the text, but not from a random phone number, rather from a disguised name that appears as a contact.
TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR DATA:
1. Any email you receive unsolicited, report as SPAM and delete. There is nothing important anyone would send you without contacting you via telephone or other options. 2. 2. If am email "appears" to be from a business you are affiliated with, go directly to its site and log in there. Most banks and businesses have a message center. Lastly, simply give a call to verify, especially if asking you for personal or proprietary information.
3. If you receive an email with an odd request from a "colleague", do not respond until confirming via telephone the email was sent.
4. If suspicious of such email, and the sender's name is someone you are familiar with, right click on the name to see the actual email. Chances are you will see an unusual email address.
5. Scammers do actually perform research. They will find people that work with you via websites, Linked In, whatever. So take the time to validate they are who they say they are.
6. Finally, avoid clicking on any text not from a name you recognize. When possible, block the sender and report if persistent to your provider.
Also, by using this technique does not allow the user to block the number or report as spam. In a world where we as humans are very quick to click on things, this is dangerous.
In recent weeks, I have received three texts using the same technique.
Some say I am being too cautious or paranoid. Maybe so, but when it comes to protecting my data and identity, I will always be overly cautious and suspicious.
In fact, you can never be to cautious this day and age. And anyone telling you that you are too concerned with this topic may be the next victim.
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