Smishing Scams: What To Watch For

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Mobile phone users increasingly face “smishing” scams – the latest threat in an increasingly digital world.

Smishing scams work a lot like “phishing” – where criminals pretend to be legit companies like banks and send you emails hoping to trick you out of sensitive personal information. The key difference? Smishing involves the use of text message or SMS on your cell phone.

Millions of smishing messages are sent every day in North America and security experts said the goal is to fool people who think they’re dealing with a reputable company or organization.

“The attackers think, ‘Hey! People don’t have filters on their phone, so maybe we can send these out and people will get them and we’ll get larger numbers of people dropping their account information,'” explained Adam O’Donnell, a Security Architect with SourceFire.

While most people know to avoid a suspicious message, experts also recommend tagging them as spam. You can also try calling up the company that supposedly sent the message to you, to check if it’s legit.