Smishing: the text message as a means steal you the details

Discovers the damage that can do you and how can avoid it.

Not only of the email lives the phishing. There are other formats at the disposal of the hacker in the theft of sensitiveinformation, as the text message (in extinction for many) and the applications of instant messaging as WhatsApp.

Through these channels, bring over to the customer from promotions or surveys to notifications with a serious problem that requires a rapid response . Two variants of the smishing with which the hacker looks for that the customer calls for winkle out him the information or that accesses a form so that the gives in a direct way.

An example of smishing

For understand in what consists this variant of the phishing, go to put an example of each one of the cases:

The customer receives a text message with the next message: “Has a notice important with regard to your credit card. Calls urgent to this phone number ” 

Which is the intention of the cybercriminal? That contact as soon as possible for try solve the incident. On the other side of the line not be the manager but the cybercriminal that, making good use of the gravity of the situation, ask for the maximum information sensitive (with the excuse of be necessary to the resolution of the problem).

The customer receives a text message with the next message: “Esteemed customer: your card has been blocked for your security. Can unblock it visiting this website”.

Which is the objective? That the customer accesses the website that appears in the text message and, already in her, fills in a form with your personal details. 

How can prevent an attack of smishing?

  • Being cagey when give any type of confidential information in the sending of a text message. No bank requires this type of information for this via. Additionally when requests through phone call, email or publishes a comment in social networks. 
  • Distrusting of those text message that require this information in an urgent way.
  • Setting good in the details of the communication received. Is recommendable check in Internet that the phone number is the officer of the bank or the company, as well as verify the legitimacy of the URL that includes.
  • Not providing attention to those offers and/or prizes that result extremely tantalizing since, generally, not are actual.
  • Avoiding access the links attached that include in the text message. 
  • Not installing applications recommended in these text message, since can include malware in the device.

To the receive this type of communication, and if have doubts on what do, the best thing is contact the banking organization calling to the telephone of customer service that uses usually for solve incidents. In BBVA can do it through the telephone 91 224 94 26.