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SMS Scams can rob you out of hard-earned money without you knowing it

Congratulations!!! We entered your phone number in a lottery contest and we are pleased to inform you that you’ve won $10,000. Your cheque is ready or we can transfer it online as well. Just click on this link and blah blah blah… These kind of scams are more than commonplace today and if you are not careful with your cybersecurity measures (such as using a VPN for iPhone,) they can entrap you. 

It all starts with an offer 

Don’t we all get these types of SMS every day? Messages that tell us that we have won a lottery out of nowhere, or that some deceased prince has left all his money to us and we just need to spend some money (which sound pennies compared to the promised return) to acquire our prize. I’m sure some of us here are well familiar with these types of scams and use a VPN for iPhone to protect ourselves, but many of the people out there are good-hearted enough to believe these scams and end up losing their hard-earned money. They simply don’t have the right cybersecurity measures to protect themselves.

What are the stats telling us?

In the recent stats, the elderly and retired were among the majority who fell for these scams and lost their money. As people over 55 or 65 don’t prefer using the internet much or investing in cybersecurity tools such as a VPN for iPHone, the hackers and scammers tend to lure them through “Smishing” Smishing is a portmanteau of “SMS” and “Phishing” Phishing is basically when someone lures you into an online scam. People all around the world have lost millions of dollars in these scams.

What are the actual types of SMiShing?

There can be many types of Smishing. Most scammers try to sound as much legitimate as possible. They’ll pose as FBI agents, your bank agents, Government employees, your network operators, and whatnot. Some of the types are:

  • A Government officer asking for your information.
  • Your bank agent telling you about a supposed problem and asking your credentials to fix that issue.
  • Fake interlinks in SMS that directs you to a scam website.
  • Someone asking you help by sending emotional SMS.
  • A company telling you that you have won a lottery and now you need to submit a small amount of money to withdraw the cash.

All of these messages have something in common. They are designed very carefully to lure you into a trap. Even if you’re using a VPN for iPhone, you are still prone to clicking on such malicious links. Sometimes, these messages are so well-crafted that even the world’s most successful copywriter and advertising people may admire them. These messages always urge you to act quickly. They try to play on your nerves and emotions. They’ll remind you of your financial situation and then reassure you by saying that you have a solution in the form of the millions of dollars which you have just won.

How can you protect yourself from SMiShing?

Unfortunately, no cybersecurity tool or VPN for iPhone can save you from clicking on malicious links or receiving scam calls. You need to be extra careful when dealing with such messages. Here’re a few tips to help you:

  • Don’t respond to such messages unless you are sure about who the sender is.
  • If someone claims to be from your bank or Government department and demands your personal information, immediately contact that concerned department and confirm the authenticity.
  • If the message seems too obvious, report it to a cybersecurity bureau or network operator.
  • Inform your network provider about the number you’re receiving scam texts from. 
  • Never, ever transfer your money at any point. Often your phone will have credit card installed or configured in it and by just tapping once, the money can be transferred. So be fully attentive towards it.
  • Block these numbers immediately.
  • Always use a VPN for iPhone to protect your traffic.

Conclusion:

While Smishing may sound somewhat easy to handle, the statistics say otherwise. Often we are out of focus and act on our emotions instead of logic. But by being a bit more attentive and careful, we can save ourselves from losing a large amount of hard-earned money.

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