First, there was “phishing” on computers, where many of you probably have received at least one offer of receiving an iPad or other gadget absolutely free if you were one of the first 5,000 gullible people to respond with your personal information.
Now, IT consultants in Southwest Florida are seeing the same scam increasingly being used on handheld devices in a tactic known as “smishing,” which refers to the SMS (short message service) technology that delivers text messages. One example of smishing goes something like this: “Answer this question to win a free iPhone 4S: Which company created the all-powerful iPhone?” which is followed by images of the Microsoft and Apple logos. Click on either one, then enter your email address, phone number, birth date, and home address, and your free phone is on the way!
Technology consultants in Naples, Fort Myers and elsewhere urge users not only to disregard suspicious messages but not to respond asking to opt out, which only lets the scammers know the your number is alive and well and a continued target for further fake marketing messages.
Here’s another case of smishing on smartphones.
Recently, mobile phone users across America have been getting a spam text message saying the person had won a Wal-Mart gift card in the amount of $1,000. When they clicked on the link, they ended up on a website that requests personal information. Others look legitimate like they could be coming from your credit card company or financial institution.
This smishing malware crime wave is detrimental not only to personal phones but for businesses. In some cases, responding to the scam could download malicious software to the phone, stealing business-related information or password or account numbers.
CRS Technology Consultants reminds users that smartphones are computers, which means they are susceptible to some of the same problems that we see on computers. If your business has IT security issues, or would like a consultation about computer security in Southwest Florida, contact CRS Technology Consultants at (239) 542-8450, or send us an e-mail now.