SMS phishing attacks
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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about the massive SMS phishing attacks that are becoming more common and are trying to steal your personal and financial information.

The IRS has just recently identified and reported on thousands of fraudulent domains linked to different SMS, MMS and text scams, targeting taxpayers.

These text messages redirected U.S taxpayers to phishing landing pages designed to get sensitive information from them. These messages include some personal bait designed to lure people in.

One example of AI in cybersecurity is that attackers can now send out phishing text messages from spoofed organizations like the IRS.

Links in SMS phishing attacks are especially convincing because they send targets to bank website impersonators and these pages ask them to verify a purchase or unlock their credit card.

Attackers who are behind SMS phishing attacks are not picky about what personal info they get to use in their other scams.

The IRS warns that people may be at risk of being scammed as a result of phishing.

Recently, the IRS has found a new type of malware called smishing, which can attack thousands of people in a short period of time.

How to protect yourself against  SMS Phishing Attacks?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a warning, alerting Americans of an increased wave of SMS phishing scams targeting their money and personal information.

US telecoms watchdog’s, Robocall Response Team reported that annual figures show

The FCC shared the following list of measures to help defend against SMS phishing attacks

  • Make sure to respond to suspicious texts from unknown numbers
  • Engage in more than one channel for financial transacting.
  • Be aware of misspellings or texts that originate from an email address.
  • If you get a text from a friend that includes a suspicious link, call them to confirm they did not get hacked or have lost control of their smartphone.
  • If you receive a text from a business you didn’t expect, search for their number online and call them back.
  • Government agencies are more likely to come in contact with you by mail,  almost never initiate contact by phone or text.

If you think you have fallen victim to an IRS scam, you should report it to the IRS by emailing their information once they’ve contacted you. You can also forward a copy of the message and any audio or video with emojis to phishing@irs.gov.

US taxpayers can report scam messages to the IRS by texting them or copying and forwarding them to 7726.

When taxpayers and tax professionals receive suspicious IRS-related emails or text messages, it’s important that they remain vigilant and send the IRS any important details they may have. This action helps protect other taxpayers.

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