In my rush to publish this information I posted the problem before the solution. So if you haven’t read at it again…cyber crooks, click on the title and get the low-down. Then come on back for author Sid Kirchheimer’s suggestions for tackling these no good, freeloading…!#%&*…so and so’s!!!
So here’s your defense:
- Don’t reply. Even sending a “remove” or “stop” response to a smishing text tells scammers that your number is active, meaning you may get more messages.
- Don’t click on links in texts sent to you by unknown parties.
- Block suspicious numbers. Your cellphone provider may be able to block numbers wher the texts and calls originate.
- Your bank is texting you? Look up its number yourself–don’t trust the one provided in the text–and call.
- Don’t store credit card and account login information in emailos or notes on the phone.
- Set your phone to time out and lock after a short period. If it’s stolen, thieves won’t get personal information.
- Install updates. When you receive a bona fide notification of an upgrade to your phone’s software, install it immediately. If you doubt the message is legitimate, call your cell or app provider.
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