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Text message fraud

Fraudsters have been trying to deceive us to give up private information such as passwords, credit card numbers and login details for a long time. Usually this happens via email or on the internet, but phone text message scams, fraud sms or "smishing" becomes more common every day.

What are sms fraud or smishing?

The term for fraud sms is "smishing", which is a contraction of the words sms and "phishing".

These are fake text messages where criminals pretend to be a certain person or company that needs some information from you, the information is then used, for example, to hijack accounts or transfer money.

Don't be fooled by "smishing"

The best way not to be deceived by scams is common sense.

Two of the most common scams are that you are stated to have won a contest or that a package is on your way.

You've won a contest

If you receive a text message stating that you have won a contest, it is almost always a matter of fraud. You are subject to an SMS scam.

The text message probably contains a link that leads to a web page where you have to fill in information to get your winnings, information the criminals can use to steal your money.

Your package is on its way

It is popular to shop on the internet. It is simple and goes fast, and if you shop on trustworthy sites it is safe. This also means that many people receive a lot of packages, which the fraudsters take advantage of.

If you are actually waiting for parcels, it is almost exclusively PostNord or another transport company that handles the delivery. Check the package number on the company's website to see if there actually is a package. DO NOT click on any links in a text message or email. If you enter your credit card details on the fraudster's side, they can then deduct large sums from your card.

Check the sender by searching the sender's phone number. If something is a little strange, delete the SMS.

Smishing is effective

Smishing is in many ways more effective than regular phishing. This is mainly because most people are less vigilant about text messages than what comes in the email.

There are several reasons for that. "Smishing" is still quite uncommon and most people have never encountered it, but it can also be because you get a text message while doing something else and then the warning bells don't ring as loud. In addition, it is a widespread misconception that a mobile phone is more secure than a computer.