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Bad guys are increasingly targeting you through your smartphone. They send texts that trick you into doing something against your own best interests. 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.

Always, when you get a text, remember to “Think Before You Tap”, because more and more, texts are being 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: What is a ‘smishing’ scam?

 

Obviously, an end-user who was trained to spot social engineering red flags would think twice before falling for these scams. The link below is a complimentary job aid that you can print out and pin to your wall. Your welcome to distribute this PDF to as many people as you can.

SocialEngineeringRedFlags.pdf