Coronavirus-SMS-fraud: 5 ways to protect yourself on your phone – CNET

Coronavirus-SMS-fraud: 5 ways to protect yourself on your phone – CNET


Regardless of what type of phone you use, we all receive scam and spam SMS messages. 

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scammers and spammers are already feeding off public fears of the coronavirus pandemic in order to frighten the people in the turn around sensitive personal information and money.. Working from home puts people at a greater risk of hackers try to use, of a troubling situation. Calls and texts with potential treatments or test kits, or claim they are from the Social Security Administration are on the rise. As an example, this week, Android Police post Corbin Davenport get an obvious spoof-text-message of someone, posing as his bank.

The Federal Communications Commission has outlined some of the COVID-19-fraud is identified, and the Federal Trade Commission also has a list of common scams reported. Also, the the FBI has issued a warning for COVID-19 stimulus package scams.

COVID-19-messages are just a fraud, a type of text; for example, fraudulent messages that claim to send your iCloud-account has been hacked in an attempt to trick you into handing over your account information. Armed with this information, you can then use it to take over your mobile number of or access to any of your online accounts. 

the following are some General tips on what to do — and what you can do not to — if you get a spam text.

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‘t open any links

scammers trick are rich. You send messages that appear to be from a reputable company, such as a mobile phone provider, bank or medical facility and also a link that asks you to verify your account information. The link then takes you to a Website that may look real, but in reality is fake. The object is to collect your user name, your password, and other personal information for future use. 

If you get an unexpected message with a link, do not open it. If you happen to open it, enter any account information or personal information. 

Look you, this fake Verizon Website, which was used in the experiments in phishing, such as How To Geek. The Website looks real and even the official Verizon site directs to the nefarious actors have their account credentials. Scary stuff. 


do not click on links in spam messages, and do some research before answering and stop.

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Do research before you answer STOP

A common method of opting-out of receiving non-malicious spam texts (such as the restaurant, in the the free-milk-shake) is the answer to the message with “STOP”. It is a fast and easy way to news from anything from a political campaign to your internet service provider.&can nbsp;

But scammers use this tool to cheat you in answers to your messages, in return, they let you know that your mobile number is not valid and you can you&the opponent with multiple messages, or robocalls.nbsp;

Instead of quick replying STOP to an unwanted message, take a few seconds to see the number online, if a recognised Organisation or a company you used to text messages. 

I have Comcast number is checked, for the Example, a search for “text from 266278” after receiving a message a couple of weeks ago asked if I wanted to, that updates an outage in my area. In fact, the number I received the message from the match with a number of Comcast lists on their support page. 

If you determine that a number is valid, reply with STOP to STOP themselves from your distribution list. 


report scam messages to your airline. 

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report a bad news for your disk

If you can’t verify who sent a message, or is it clearly a Scam, please forward the message to 7726 (it spells “spam” on a phone keypad). 

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon all accept spam reports on this number. You may receive a follow-up message according to the message, a message prompted for additional information or for confirmation of the number the original message was sent. 

Some carriers, such as Sprint, will also block the number of messages, after it has reported. 

Use built your phone-in blocking tool

Another option is to lock the number itself. Both iOS and Android have built-in tools to block messages and calls from specific numbers. 

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you can always block the number. 

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iPhone users

a iPhone, open the message in the messages app and tap the profile photo at the top, then tap on the Info button. On the next screen, tap on the phone number, followed by Block this caller at the bottom of the next screen. 

after these steps, the number will lock the messaging and calling you. 


Google messages, additional steps to analyze and identify spam. 

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Android users

As is usually the case with Android phones, the process to block, a number will vary depending on who makes your phone and the message app you are using. 

If you use Google-news-app, open the spam message, then tap the menu button in the upper-right corner and select Details from the list of options. On the following screen, select Block & spam report, followed by OK. The messages app to send, the number and the 10 previous messages, to Google for analysis to improve future spam detection. Your answers to the number will not be transmitted to Google. If you lock rather just the number, uncheck the box next to “Report spam” before you tap OK

Samsung messages, the user will need to open the conversation, tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner and select Block number > Block

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If you are annoyed to be routinely file a report with the FCC. 

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file a complaint with the FCC

If you want to combat the current and future spam messages, and you are in the USA, you can a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission if you receive a message in one of these three categories: 

  • An unsolicited commercial text message
  • An automated message to your phone sent, without your prior consent.
  • An automated message from a telecommunications company or another company advertising for a telecommunication company, the products or services sent without your prior consent.

you can Visit this Website to file a complaint with the FCC. It will not stop immediately, news of the arrival on your phone, but it will at least help the FCC track down bad actors.

Only, as you don’t have to do with spam messages that you don’t have to come up with robocalls either. You will not be able to put an end to them for good, but you can at least cut back on the number of times your phone rings. And remember, there are many red flags when it comes to coronavirus-scams, so make sure you know all of them. While you’re at it, take a few minutes secure your wireless account, to prevent SIM swap fraud

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Originally published in the last month. Updated with new information.

Released on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:00:05 +0000

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