Attention ! This SMS scam has intensified since the start of the school year!

The back-to-school period is conducive to spending: many households use online sales for school supplies or additional equipment (clothing, computers, leisure, etc.). In fact, the period is also particularly conducive to scams.

And it is a well-known scam that is gaining in intensity: it had already struck before the start of the summer to never really stop, it is about the scam SMS indicating the availability of a package.

Currently, two criminal campaigns are underwaythe first concerns false messages inviting to withdraw his news vital card, the second in the same spirit invites the user to click on a link to validate the receipt of a blocked parcel.

The message is often the same: “Your package has been sent. Please check and receive it” accompanied by a fraudulent URL. The user is redirected to a site which invites the user to update his browser following an obsolete module… In reality, he is invited to download a corrupted APK which will siphon off their personal data. These data in the pocket will be used to usurp the identity of the banque of the user to invite him again to connect to his secure space, this is where the hackers recover their victim’s bank access to plunder their account.

A scam imagined during the health crisis

The scam itself was imagined and seen the first time during the first confinement linked to the Covid 19 health crisis. The French were then forced to use delivery to access certain products. Since then, campaigns have multiplied, with declining results during the summer period.

But since the beginning of the month, it is not uncommon to receive several of these messages each week. Several prefectures have thus tried to communicate and alert on the subject in social networks.

The best defense against this type of scam being in the first place informing citizens, the rest is just common sense: if you are not expecting any package, do not click on any link and report the SMS as spam or junk. If you are expecting a package, the best thing is to go by yourself to the carrier’s website with its tracking number. In all cases, never click on a link sent with an SMS or an email from a stranger remains the best protection to adopt.

Source: GNT – actualités by

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