Mobile users took a big hit with a variety of SMiShing tactics flooding their phones in the month of November. With election season in full swing at the beginning of the month, and the start of the holiday season following close behind, scammers took advantage of the different ways they could lure U.S., Canada, and U.K. consumers into their scamming spree! Here’s a look at November’s Worst Phone Scams:
From Hillary to Trump and even local representatives, consumers were hit hard in early November with reminders to vote, where to vote, who to vote for and to re-register to vote. While some may have been legitimate, others typically linked to sites that can download malware to devices.
Not a month goes by where an IRS, bank account verification/disabling/suspension, or PPI scam won’t creep up on us. This month, the likes of Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Royal Bank of Canada hit our neighbors to the north; HSBC, HMRC and Metro Bank were victims across the pond; and Wells Fargo a.k.a. Wells Fargot targeted us here in the U.S.
‘Tis the Season of Scams
Even before Thanksgiving was over, consumers were getting bombarded with offers for shopping coupons and discounts, charity donation opportunities, mystery shopper payouts, and debt loans.