Being a victim of a phone scam is never fun, and here at Hiya we’re doing our best to protect and prevent you from being a scammer’s next victim. In our monthly round up of the “Worst Phone Scams of the Month,” we’ll keep you posted on the latest scams that are affecting fellow smartphone users, by informing you about the latest trends in phone fraud and text messaging attacks.
This past month, we have confirmed a number of SMiShing attacks in the U.S for Bank of America while text messages for Scotiabank and Canadian Bank of Imperial Commerce (CIBC) are affecting our neighbors to the North.
As for AT&T and Apple customers, there is an increase of SMiShing in the United Kingdom amongst Apple ID, iCloud ID, and iTunes accounts. Messages will warn customers that their accounts have either been deactivated or suspended, or have had too many unsuccessful login attempts, and to verify their information through a link.
Lastly, despite tax season being over, scammers are making their way internationally through text message attacks from HM Revenue & Customs in the United Kingdom. Luckily, HMRC has caught on and has notified their customers that they “will never ask for personal/payment information by text or email”.
Below is our monthly Smishing sampling for you to keep an eye on: