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    Smishing Text Scams Have Doubled in the Last Three Years

    New data shows a rise in the use of text messages as an effective vehicle to connect with potential victims for social engineering scams as people increase their preference of the medium.

    Historically, we see email as the primary communications vehicle for malicious content, but new data from spam blocking app vendor Truecaller in their Report shows a massive uptick in text-based scams. According to the report:

    • 85% of people say they have received a robotext (of any type)
    • Over half (58%) of people reported receiving more spam calls and/or text messages than they did a year ago.
    • The average number of spam texts per month is 19.5

    One of the reasons for this massive increase may be the increased dependence on texting; according to the report, 60% of prefer prefer to use text, social media apps, and email as their primary means of communicating over voice.

    The scams communicated over text vary ranging from consumer issues like changing cable TV providers, to cyber security issues, to data breach notifications.

    Types-of-Robotexts-Received-By-Americans

    Source: Truecaller

    The lesson to be learned here is that legitimate organizations rarely seek to communicate via text as the initial means of contact. Corporate users that undergo Security Awareness Training already realize this and are far less likely to fall for such scams, given the unusual nature of the communication and the use of text as the initial contact medium.


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