Ashley Rowan
Ashley Rowan
October 3rd, 2023

A phishing text scam, often referred to as "smishing" (a portmanteau of "SMS" and "phishing"), involves malicious actors attempting to deceive individuals into providing sensitive information, money, or downloading malware, typically through a text message on a mobile device.

How do Phishing Texts work?

Here's how Phishing Texts typically works:

  1. Message Content: The attacker sends an SMS (text message) to a potential victim. This message might claim to be from a trusted source, such as a bank, government agency, or other reputable entities. The message will often convey a sense of urgency or importance.
  2. Malicious Links: The text message often contains a link. When clicked, this link might take the victim to a fake website designed to look like a legitimate one. On this site, victims might be asked to enter sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, credit card details, or Social Security numbers.
  3. Malicious Attachments: Some smishing messages may encourage users to download an attachment. Such attachments may contain malware that, once downloaded and opened, can compromise the device.
  4. Direct Requests: Some phishing text attempts may skip the link or attachment and ask the user to reply directly with personal or sensitive information.
  5. Call to Action: Many phishing text attempts include a prompt or call to action. For instance, they might say, "Your account has been compromised! Click here to reset your password," or "You've won a $1,000 gift card! Click here to claim.".