Michigan’s Attorney General Warns Consumers of “Smishing”
Michigan’s Attorney General is alerting consumers to be aware of “smishing.”
Yes, that’s correct “smishing.”
According to the state, Smishing is when a scammer sends text messages to consumers appearing to be from a trusted source.
These scams are like phishing scams for emails except they arrive in text form. The scammer’s goal is for consumers to respond to the texts with personal information or to click on links that install malware.
A common smishing tactic involves a text warning about a “problem” with one of your accounts and asking for your information to correct it.
In addition, some scammers, will pitch offers that seem too good to be true such as promises of free gifts and trips.
It is important to not respond to these texts. By clicking on a link or providing information, you may download malware or become victim of identity theft.
The easiest way to avoid being scammed is to simply delete the message.