You may not have gotten a surprise visit from a ghost or ghoul this past Halloween, but we wouldn’t be surprised if you happened to get a unexpected text message from a scammer. In true Halloween spirit, scammers were spitting out a number of scare tactics in hopes of making you their next victim.
October has been no exception to SMiShing and here’s the lineup of scams that have been hitting consumers from all angles:
Threats to cut service
Time and time again, phone companies such as Verizon, banks in both the U.S. and Canada (i.e. Wells Fargo and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)), and Apple accounts in the U.S. and U.K. (i.e. ID and iTunes) have been sending customers links to “confirm their accounts”, otherwise risking cancellation, disabled accounts, or interrupted services.
Taking advantage of the political season, scammers targeted voters. Text messages would ask consumers to “text their vote” in order to avoid lines or to re-register by following a link to make their vote count: