November 8th marks the start of the ACCC’s Scam Awareness Week. LMI Group have been vocal about cybersecurity and scam awareness. Below is our contribution to this week’s important message!
Since August 2021, many of us have been getting scam text messages about missed calls, voicemails, photo uploads or deliveries. Scam watch had received over 16,000 reports of these scams!
The messages will be ask you to tap on a link to download or access something. The messages purport to to track or organise a time for a delivery, hear a voicemail message or view photos that have been uploaded. However, the message is 100% fake! It is most likely malicious software called Flubot.
Flubot will direct the user to a site that looks like the official brand/service. But, it is a ruse to get you to infect your phone with malware. This malware is designed to access your messages, photos, open browser pages, access your credit card information and more.
Android phones and iPhones can both receive texts from Flubot.
If you receive one of these messages, do not click or tap on the link. Delete the message immediately!
Below are some examples of the messages.
How to Avoid Spam Texts.
Registering your mobile number on the Do Not Call Register will stop most of the calls/texts www.donotcall.gov.au
1. It’ll take up to 30 days for your registration to take effect. You’ll only need to register once – the registration is indefinite. There’s no guarantee that this will stop every unwanted call/text, but it should significantly reduce them.
2. You can also block texts yourself either using your phone’s inbuilt software or 3rd party apps. Below are links to instructions on how to do so on your device:
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