Guardia Civil launch ‘smishing’ scam alert

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Guardia Civil launch ‘smishing’ scam alert
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Guardia Civil launch ‘smishing’ scam alert. ‘Smishing’ is a type of fraud that uses SMS messages to try and phish for personal information.

The Guardia Civil took to Twitter to warn of a new scam. The scam arrives in the form of a text message with asks people to click on a link or call a phone number. People are then asked to “verify”, “update” or “reactivate” their bank account.

The Guardia Civil have warned that anyone who receives one of these messages should be careful.

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The Guardia Civil said: ‘Smishing (a combination of the words SMS and’ phishing) is attempted fraud to obtain personal, financial or security information through a text message.

“HOW DO THEY DO THAT?  The text message will usually ask you to click a link or call a phone to verify, update, or reactivate your account. But the link takes you to a fake web page, and the phone number is that of a scammer who impersonates someone else.”

The Guardia Civil have asked people to not click on any links. They said: “Do not click on links or images you receive in unsolicited text messages without first checking the source.


“Do not rush.

“Take your time and perform the necessary checks before responding. Never respond to a text message that asks for your PIN or your bank password, or any other security credentials.

“If you think you have answered a phishing message and provided your bank details, contact your bank immediately.”


 


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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