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IT Security Tips – Protect yourself from smishing

Posted in: Information Security

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What is Smishing?

Smishing is when scammers send fake texts to trick people into giving away personal information like passwords or credit card numbers

Examples of Smishing

Attackers will use an unknown number to text you requesting personal information, providing a suspicious link or stating there is an urgent matter.

How to Handle Smishing

Ignore and Delete!

If you receive one of these texts you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission. You can also copy the message & text it to 7726 (SPAM) so that your wireless provider can spot & block these attacks.

Avoid Being a Target

  • Don’t put personal information online. Remember, you don’t know who has access to it.
  • Never text personal information to anyone.
  • If you’re unsure if a text is legitimate, contact the company / persons an alterative way.