I just received a warning from the company KnowBe4, who my firm works closely with, about a new form of phishing. I wanted to share the details with you right away.
Internet bad guys are increasingly trying to circumvent your spam filters and instead are targeting people directly through their smartphone with smishing attacks, which are hard to stop.
They send texts that trick you into doing something against your own best interest. At the moment, there is a mystery shopping scam going on, starting out with a text invitation, asking you to send an email for more info which then gets you roped into the scam.
The practice has been around for a few years, but current new scams are mystery shopping invitations that start with a text, social engineering the victim to send an email to the scammers, and then get roped into a shopping fraud.
These types of smishing attacks are also more and more used for identity theft, bank account take-overs, or pressure employees into giving out personal or company confidential information. Fortune magazine published a great article about this yesterday. Here is the link.
Always, when you get a text, remember to “Think Before You Tap”, because more and more, texts are used for identity theft, bank account take-overs and to pressure you into giving out personal or company confidential information. Here is a short video made by USA Today that shows how this works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffck9C4vqEM
In addition to the video, here’s a great PDF that explains this type of social engineering. It’s from our friends at KnowBe4. Feel free to print, share and use.