EE has warned phone owners to be on the lookout for dangerous text messages.
They’re trying to steal your private information or your money – and they can steal it all in a matter of seconds.
In an official EE memo, the company warned against “smishing”.
This is a variant of phishing – where someone tricks you into impersonating a trusted person or company – and is done via text message.
They are very common and easy to fall for. You must therefore be extremely careful to avoid them.
“If you receive a message asking for personal or financial information such as personal security information, banking information or passwords, be aware it could be a scam and therefore fraudulent,” advised EE.
There is a common tactic scammers often use.
The dangerous phrase to look out for in texts is “act now”.
EE said that “the sender often uses an urgent tone” to get you to make a decision.
Of course, that’s not the only warning sign that this is a dangerous scam text.
EE also warned about messages that solicited information or clicked links.
“You will be asked to provide sensitive personal or financial information or passwords, or to perform transactions by following a link in the message,” EE explained.
Clicking a link in a scam message is very dangerous.
It can happen that malware is installed on your device, you make fraudulent purchases, or your private data or money can be stolen.
Another important warning sign is when a message asks you to make a phone call.
“You will be asked to call a specific number that you do not recognize,” EE said.
“If in doubt, contact the company through a reputable source such as their website or the contact number on bank statements.”