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Did you know that more than 75 percent of Americans never answer calls from numbers they don’t know? Smartphones have made it easier than ever for us to screen our calls, but scammers have also adapted their strategies and switched to text for their nefarious schemes.
You’ve probably noticed an influx of spam text messages (also known as smishing attempts or robotexts) in the past couple of years. In 2022, more than 225 billion spam texts were sent to U.S. phone numbers. That number is only going to increase in 2023.
The best way to stay safe against these attacks is to ignore, report and delete them. Below, we’ll give you some additional information on how to recognize these attacks and how to thwart them.
Check out this helpful post from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for help identifying if a text you receive is actually a smishing attack. Some quick tips for you to tell if you’re receiving a bogus text include:
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a valuable resource about stopping unwanted robocalls and text messages.
Both Apple and Google have different ways for you to block future messages from smishing numbers.
We’ve recently received a number of reports about smishing attacks coming from numbers claiming to be from Amazon customer support. Amazon has a page dedicated to reporting these attacks on its website.