People use their cellphones dozens of times on daily basis texting their peers, friends and family. Apart from people you know, you’re bound to often receive text messages from an unknown sender, the world is full of scammers who try to steal personal information. Spam messages have become a recurring annoyance for recipients. What’s worse is that a lot of people have and continue to fall in the trap of well-planned SMS Marketing campaigns.
Most of the time, it can be hard to tell the difference between messages from a legitimate company or an attempted scam. Scammers are evolving and looks like a legitimate organization trying to contact you via text messaging with different masking technologies and other ways to try and take your hard-earned money.
Even though SMS marketing amounts for the least amount of spamming, here are some interesting stats;
Scammers usually send fake text messages to try and phish out passwords, social security numbers and account numbers. With anyone of these, they could get access to your email, bank and other accounts. Today, scammers have different ways to lure you in such as;
In many cases, scammers start off by saying they’ve noticed suspicious activity in your account, ask for verification of your payment information, send fake invoices with call to action or even fake delivery receipts on products or services you did not purchase. A simple text message can be used to learn how much money you make so they could sell their goods. However, in the last few years, they have kicked things up a notch by sending links to fake website and malware.
The easiest thing to do when you get a text message you weren’t expecting is to ignore and delete it. Always remember that legitimate companies never ask for personal information over text. If you have doubts and think the message is real, you should contact the company on a number or website you know is real.