Recently, we have written a lot about how to avoid scams. Nonetheless, many people are not fully aware of the security issues with texting. Unfortunately, scams abound.
For three examples of our other posts about spam, click below:
Do Not Get Scammed: Security Issues with Texting
Also known as SMS (short message service), texting is less secure than people often know about. Despite our awareness of how bad spam can be through E-mails and phone calls, we may be as careful with texts.
According to Semaphore’s Alex Alabiso:
Email and social media networks are known channels where users should keep watch of fraudsters. But there’s another important channel that people should look out for scams: SMS. Roughly 5 billion people around the world can send and receive SMS messages. That makes them a great channel for potential scammers. Text messages have a 98% open rate. 10% of SMS marketing messages are spam. Versus 50% of E-mail messages. 31% of mobile users have received an SMS message from unknown senders asking them to click on a suspicious link. Around 92% of text spam messages fall under the scam/fraud category.
Below is a quick infographic to help you spot common SMS scams and avoid falling into their traps.