BLUFThe Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has received over 12,000 reports about text message scams—this article describes them and what to do if you receive a suspicious text message.
Text message scams might ask you to tap on a link to download an app to track or organise a time for a delivery or hear a voicemail message. This type of message could be a scam or malicious software such as Flubit. If you are at all suspicious, note the following advice from the ACCC:
- Don't tap on the link. Delete the message immediately.
- Clicking/tapping the link is likely to give scammers access to your passwords and accounts.
- It could also send Flubot text messages to the numbers stored in your phone, continuing and expanding the scam.
- If you have already clicked the link to download the application, your passwords and online accounts are now at risk from scammers.
- Don't enter any passwords or log into any accounts until you have cleaned your device.
- Learn more about scams at the ID Care website
- If you are a victim, make a report to ReportCyber.
- Report scams to the ACCC via the report a scam page.
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