StopClone’s Email and Social Media monitoring makes msg fraud a thing of the past. Blue Chip package only.
Messaging covers various pathway methods frequently used by people online. This definition covers a variety of areas like Email and Social Media messaging platforms. The above communication paths are important to the function and application of criminal activity. Typically these methods work as a key tool for criminals enabling them to attack your brand without your knowledge.
Have you ever received a text or instant message from someone who obviously knows you, but you can’t quite place them? Do you come clean or do you, like many of us, play along and try to fake it? Well, beware, because cybercriminals are now playing on our social embarrassment and other fears to con us out of personal information, money, and more via instant communication.
2020 saw an 82 percent increase in detected phishing URLs, including phishing attacks sent through instant message or text. A number of reports mention seeing phishing attempts through various messaging platforms and even text on their phones, which is called “smishing”. The use of chat, texting, and other direct channels shows that cybercriminals are adapting quickly as our communication styles shift.
While “smishing” is relatively new, the scams are the same ones we’ve seen for years. Some pretend to be from people you know (probably names taken from your social media pages), probing for personal information. Others pretend to be from banks or other financial institutions. One of our members recently saw a classic scam delivered through Craigslist. The scammer texted, offering to wire money for an advertised item.
Our member didn’t bite, but what usually happens next is that the scammer says they can’t buy the item after all and asks for their money back. The victim sends money, only to find that the original money transfer to them never really happened.
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