There’s a new text message scam circulating in the United Kingdom; here’s what you should do.
People should be on the lookout for a new wave of text message scams attempting to steal personal information.
People in the United Kingdom should be on the watch for a new SMS scam. Messages have been sent to a number of persons advising them of a missed call. According to the text, the caller has left a message. The message then contains a URL that, according to the message, should be used to play the recorded message. Unfortunately, there’s an unpleasant sting to the link — and it’s not voicemail.
Yes, instead of taking consumers to their voicemail, the link takes them to a website meant to steal sensitive personal information such as credit or debit card numbers, email addresses, and passwords. Hackers can then use this information to hack into online accounts or to try a different fraud, such as posing as your bank.
Scammers can use some of the information you’ve given them, such as your credit card number, to trick you into thinking it’s a legitimate call from your bank and giving them the last bits of information they need, such as the CVV number on the back of the card or the answer to a security question to access your online accounts.
The messages saying that “you have got a fresh voicemail” are part of a larger wave of SMS frauds sweeping the United Kingdom. Millions of people have been compelled to work from home and adjust their habits as a result of the pandemic. It has led to an increase in the use of web-based services such as online banking apps, online grocery stores, and other similar services. Scammers now have more opportunities as a result of this. And they’ve taken full advantage of the situation.
According to Which?, these text message scammers have already targeted roughly 60% of all Britons. Hackers are now acting on a “industrial scale,” according to the consumer group.
Customers were alerted by mobile networks EE, Three, and Vodafone about the flow of fraudulent texts.
Thousands of people in the UK received text messages that looked like a missed delivery notification and included a link to reschedule the shipment. It’s easy to fall for these con games if you just skim over the text. We’ve all made an online purchase and instantly forgotten about it.
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