“Smishing:” How Text Message Scams Work and How to Spot Them


Spam texts, also known as “smishing” scams, are becoming increasingly common. If you’ve ever received a text message purporting to be from your bank or a government agency asking you to click on a link or reply with sensitive information, you’ve been the target of smishing scams.

Smishing works by sending a text message that appears to be from a legitimate source, like your bank or the IRS, or from a person who supposedly has the wrong number. The message will usually ask you to click on a link or reply with sensitive information.

For more on how to spot a smishing scam and protect yourself, read The Senior Center Blog’s post “Text Message Scams Flooding Your Inbox? Here’s What’s Behind Them.”

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