Don’t open these texts from Amazon, Argos and Asda – Three Cell points essential warning messages

UK smartphone owners should remain vigilant as dangerous text scams continue to spread across the country. Just last week, Vodafone warned its customers to watch out for text messages that allegedly came from the delivery company DHL. The cellular network said that “attacks will become very attractive very quickly”.

Shortly after this warning from Vodafone, reported that even more consumers were affected by these delivery scam texts and a large number of messages were displayed on devices.

And now Carrier Three is warning its customers of a new version of the threat and has even launched a special website with a new alert about the dangers of the FluBot malware. A growing number of fake text messages are known to come from not only delivery companies, but also from popular supermarkets and online retailers such as ASDA, Argos, and Amazon, according to Three.

“We are aware that a significant number of people across the UK have been targeted with a fake text message that looks like it is from a delivery service,” said Three. “While the first news reportedly came from DHL, the scam has taken over other corporate brands like Asda, Amazon, and Argos, to name a few.

“This fraudulent attack has affected all network operators. As an industry, we advise our customers to be vigilant and careful when clicking on links received in a text message.”

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The simple texts attempt to trick unsuspecting users into clicking a link which will then download nasty FluBot malware that can be used by cyber thieves to steal personal information including online banking credentials.

It’s worth noting that this threat only works on Android devices and Apple’s iPhone is currently not at risk. This is due to the way the malware is downloaded and installed via what is known as an APK.

Unlike Apple, where apps can only be installed through the official App Store, Android is a much more open platform where users can add additional software to their devices outside of the Google Play Store. It’s one thing that many Android users love about owning these phones because it makes them feel less restricted, but it can also have serious consequences.

If you own an Android phone and think you clicked the link, it is important to act quickly. In his customer notification, Three says, “If you received the message and clicked the link and downloaded the file to an Android device, it should be noted that your contacts, text messages, and online banking details (if any ) may have been accessed and that these can now be under the control of the fraudster. “

“We strongly recommend that you do a factory reset right away. If you don’t, there is still a risk that a scammer could access your personal data. When you set up the device after the reset, you may be asked if you want to restore from want to back up. “You should avoid restoring backups made after you downloaded the app, as these will also be infected.”

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