Question: Can you be scammed through texting?

These phishing attempts first started out as phone calls and emails, but now cybercriminals can also reach you via SMS (text message) through a popular phishing scam dubbed “smishing.” “A good general rule of thumb for a text from someone you dont know is to just ignore it or delete it,” says Stephen Cobb, senior

Can you get scammed by replying to a text?

Responding to the text message can allow malware to be installed that will silently collect personal information from your phone. If they dont use your information themselves, the spammers may sell it to marketers or other identity thieves. You might end up with unwanted charges on your cell phone bill.

Can someone hack your phone if you text them?

Android phones can get infected by merely receiving a picture via text message, according to research published Monday. This is likely the biggest smartphone flaw ever discovered.

How do you know if a scammer is texting you?

How To Spot a Text Scam11-Digit Numbers. In most instances, text messages from legitimate businesses are actually sent from the business telephone number and do not come from unidentified mobile numbers. “Winning” Raffle Prizes. Fake Refunds. Problems With Relatives. Government Messages.

How do I stop unwanted texts?

On an Android phone, you can disable all potential spam messages from the Messages app. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right of the app and select Settings > Spam protection and turn on the Enable spam protection switch. Your phone will now alert you if an incoming message is suspected of being spam.

What does texting STOP do?

Spam text messages are easy for businesses and charlatans to generate. If you are signed up to receive texts from a legitimate company and decide you no longer want them, you can typically unsubscribe by texting “stop” back to the sender. But to spammers, this is often just a signal that your number is valid.

Why am I getting texts from random email addresses?

Its called spam its coming to you as an SMS message through your cellular carriers email to text gateway. If you do not need to receive SMS messages from email accounts (some automated alerting systems may use this method), then contact your carrier and ask them to disable that at their gateway.

How do I stop unsolicited texts?

On an Android phone, you can disable all potential spam messages from the Messages app. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right of the app and select Settings > Spam protection and turn on the Enable spam protection switch. Your phone will now alert you if an incoming message is suspected of being spam.

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