Video: ‘Smishing’ Scam Lures Victims Via Text Message


In true phishing fashion, a fake email tries to dupe recipients into clicking on the embedded links in an attempt to obtain sensitive information like credit card account numbers and passwords.

Now, smishing has come along and it combines the name of the technology used for text messaging (SMS, or short message service) with the word phishing.

The text messages are meant to trick users into opening links and giving out personal and financial information, according to this news article and video.


Don’t let smishing text messages happen to you — to report either phishing or smishing scams, contact the FTC at


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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.