Fraud is spread in the form of text messages. The user receives an SMS on the phone pretending to be from a shipping service like DHL. The user prompts to click on the track shipment link to install a fraudulent application. The application then controls the user’s phone and can send personal data without his knowledge, including, for example, online banking details.
“The operators are able to block part of the harmful traffic from outside by implementing security measures, but often the wrong SMS messages are sent by the infected phones themselves, which cannot interfere with their communications. Therefore, we urge customers above all to be very careful. Jerry Grund, executive director of the association, said.
The first clue that should alert users to fraud is the SMS itself. Then, when the user is offered to download the app, it is redirected outside of the standard Google Play Store, which is the second clue that the user should warn. Android phones are set by default so that you cannot download apps from unknown sources. Therefore, the user must first allow this download to the phone.
In the past, phishing scams mostly focused on phishing. For example, they tried to convince users to fill out a form with banking details and other information on a fraudulent website pretending to be a banking site. The current wave of scams differs in that they try to install malware directly on a user’s phone.
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