Have you ever received a text message from an unknown number? Or from someone you know, but the message seemed suspicious?
Then, you may have been a victim of smishing, a phishing cyberattack meant to send fraudulent text messages to businesses or individuals. There are various types of smishing that you may not be aware of, so the following are a few cases of what it looks like and what you can do if you encounter them.
The “Winning a Giveaway” Text
Although it may be exciting to win a reward, if you do not remember entering a contest, you received a telltale sign of a phishing text. You can ignore the text, leave it be, block the number that texted you or contact the business directly to verify.
People from the government will not conduct transactions through text messages. A message claiming to be from a cabinet member or the president is a sure fraud. Do not contact the number that sent you the text and report your case to local authorities.
The Text from the Bank
Fake bank texts are widespread, and many have been victims of losing all their money and access to their bank accounts. If the “bank” texts you with an issue that needs to be solved, do not respond immediately. Instead, contact your bank via telephone call or email so you can confirm if the SMS is genuinely from them.
Avoid Text Scams and Cyberattacks By Text Archiving
There are many ways to avoid smishing. You can block the unknown numbers or do a little research about the number and the message content.
If you are seeking a more secure and sure way to avoid these scams, consider using a text message archiver. A text message archiver allows employees to retrieve previous records and communications without referencing the devices where the conversation occurred.
Furthermore, text message archiving allows you to save messages in a separate folder so you can access them in the future, which you can even use for legal proceedings if the need arises. Some of the best text archiving software provides safe, end-to-end encryption to prevent unauthorized users from accessing personal data, thus minimizing the risk of fraudulent texts.
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