Parcel delivery texts now the most common con-trick
Most “smishing” fraud attempts have taken advantage of a surge in parcel delivery texts sent out during the Covid crisis. Millions of mobile users have received the texts that claim a small payment is needed for a package delivery to be completed. But the texts are a front for fraudsters attempting to steal personal banking details. Cybersecurity firm Proofpoint told banks their prevalence was on the rise. Smishing is a technique that criminals use to target consumers with texts impersonating trusted organisations. Proofpoint, which provided data for the banking trade body UK Finance, said that over a 90-day period to mid-July, some 53% of these smishing attempts were via delivery texts. This compared with 23% of messages claiming to be from banks or financial institutions.
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