SMS Texting Scam

SMS Texting Scam

By Howard Solomon, Cyber Security Today

There’s a bank scam going around that uses SMS text messaging to get Canadians to give up personal information and their passwords. It starts with a text message that reads something like “Scotiabank Alert: Your card starting with 4536 is disabled for security. Please secure your account below” — and there’s a link that includes the bank’s name for you to click on. Ignore this. Don’t click on the link. First, banks don’t send warning text messages. Second, many Canadian-issued credit card start with the same digits — like “45” plus two more digits — that are set by the global banking industry to show where the card comes from. So these first four numbers aren’t a secret, and they’re not your personal credit or debit card number. And third, the fact that the link doesn’t start with HTTPS is a giveaway. By the way, this type of scam has been seen in the U.S. as well so American listeners should ignore supposed text messages from a bank as well.

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