Delete this SMS now! Pressing warning to all UK smartphone house owners

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Security experts warn EE, Vodafone, Three and O2 users to be on the lookout for a flood of fraudulent messages in the run-up to Christmas. Experts have warned that over a million scam messages are being sent to Android and iPhone users this week alone, with over half of those text messages attempting to trick victims into clicking dangerous links by claiming the recipient has one Missed an important parcel delivery. This isn’t the first time this scam has been used this year, but it could be especially effective right now with so many people waiting for deliveries for online Christmas shopping.

Cyber ​​security company Proofpoint has seen ten times more smishing scams this year than last year. Smishing is short for SMS phishing, and this is where scammers send text messages in the hope that victims will click a dangerous link that will lead them to either install dangerous malware, trick them into giving away sensitive personal information, or both.

Jacinta Tobin, vice president of operations at Proofpoint, said the mix of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the busy Christmas season made these texts more enticing.

Speaking to the BBC, Tobin said: “We don’t want to miss this package or gift.

“We’re seeing more and more urgent messages being returned to alert packages unless action is taken.”

Even after Christmas, these type of scams are expected to pose a significant threat as Boxing Day sales are on the horizon and will result in a large amount of deliveries next week.

Adam Christie, privacy manager at Royal Mail, advising people on how to stay safe, said customers never receive a text message or email asking for money or more information.

Christie said, “We love to put things in your mailbox. Don’t make any payments until you get a card through the door too.

“The company is doing everything it can to bring Christmas to people. But we would urge people to be suspicious and not click any links that are sent to them unless they are 100 percent sure they are from us. “

A Hermes spokesman added: “We are aware of a phishing attempt claiming to be Hermes that involves individuals receiving a text message with a link to pay for package delivery. We would never request payment that way.”

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