Messaging scam

Beware text fraudsters exploiting virus fears

Fraudsters are conning people using ‘smishing’ tactics

Consumers are being warned to be on the lookout for text message scams from criminals exploiting the coronavirus outbreak.

Criminals are using text messages in so-called “smishing” raids in which they impersonate other organisations to trick people into giving away their personal and financial information or money.

These scam texts often claim to be from government departments, banks or other trusted organisations, offering payments related to the coronavirus outbreak or claiming to be issuing fines.

Often the messages will include a link to a fake website that is designed to trick people into giving away their financial and personal information such as bank details, passwords and credit card numbers.

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