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'Beware of these text messages': The scam people are increasingly falling for

May 2, 2017


Hearing the message tone on my iphone, I'm as excited as the next guy. But upon opening the text message, I'm left disappointed. 


It's from Sophie. She wants to know if I'm single and to check out her profile.

The only problem is I don't have anyone in my contact book named Sophie. Ostensibly, it's a some sort of "smishing" attack.


Like its more common e-mail counterpart known as phishing attacks, a smishing scam comes via an sms and encourages you to click on a link to take you to a compromised site or get you to unwittingly divulge some personal information that a hacker could use against you.


A couple days later and this time it's "woolworth" texting me to tell me to claim my free $500 voucher for the now curiously singular supermarket chain.


"With these sms phishing scams we see a wide variety of sophistication," says nick savvides, a security specialist at digital security firm symantec.


Because it's very hard for hackers to compromise apple's closed environment mobile operating system, these are of the unsophisticated variety. They are often what's referred to as "social engineering" attack, such as romance scams or the ever-suspicious offer of free money.


"They are usually designed to get you to sign up to services ... To give them enough information to scam you," Mr Savvides said.


If you click the link, you will likely be asked to fill out some personal information that could be used to further penetrate and gain access to your online accounts such as your e-mail or bank account, news.com.au reported.


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