Article by Emily RellaPhishing attempts are getting more advanced, with hackers and cybercriminals making their ploys so believable that even the most cautious are getting scammed.
One of the latest schemes is to send an SMS text message to people’s phones pretending to be a bank or a company in order to trick people into sharing their personal data. Amazon seems to be the latest corporate patsy.
How do Hackers Use SMS Messages to Steal Data?The premise is simple—hackers will send users text messages pretending to be Amazon representatives asking for a variety of different things, including fake reports of suspicious activity on one’s account or fake information about shipping delays or package arrivals.
Oftentimes, hackers will include a hyperlink in the message which will usually deploy some sort of malware onto the device that will unleash some sort of virus.
Other times, the “representative” will ask for information such as login and password or credit card information by using false claims that there is something wrong with the account, that the payment didn’t go through, or even send a link to a fake delivery notification.
What Are Some of the Signs You’re Being Scammed?The FTC says that legitimate companies like Amazon wouldn’t ask for your personal or account information over a text message.
Links that you weren’t expecting or any unexpected texts that are asking you to disclose any sort of personal information are also red flags.
What Can You do to Prevent Being Scammed?If you think you’re being scammed by someone pretending to be Amazon, there are a few things to check for.
Anything with typos or grammatical errors is also likely spam, as are order confirmations for items that you didn’t order.
Amazon maintains that customers shouldn’t open any links or attachments if they have an inkling that something suspicious is going on.