The Orange County Sheriff’s Department warned residents about a possible phishing scam via SMS messages, according to an Aug. 30 statement on Facebook. Cybercriminals send messages with a link to confirm the delivery of a package that leads to providing personal information, the post said. Law enforcement officials warned those who have received these messages to ignore them and block the number.
“Share this info with elderly family members or neighbors, who can be more susceptible to this type of crime,” the post read.
See full statement below:
“#ScamAlert have you received a text message like this recently? It’s a phishing scam, aka “smishing” where cyber criminals send SMS messages to get you to click a malicious link or provide personal data. Based on the information they obtain, cyber criminals can steal your identity, empty your bank account, or install malware in your phone.
Best course of action? Ignore the message. Do not click on suspicious links, and don’t provide personally identifying info. You can also block the number that the text came from.
Share this info with elderly family members or neighbors, who can be more susceptible to this type of crime.”
Facebook post on phishing text scam (OCSD)
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