The final term in this month’s phishing series is SMiShing. These phishing attacks via SMS (text messages) are scams that attempt to trick users into supplying content or clicking on a link in SMS messages on their mobile devices. Flaws in how caller ID and phone number verification work make this an increasingly popular attack that is hard to stop.
Similar to a phone call, if you don’t recognize the number, don’t feel the need to respond to a strange text message. Legitimate companies and service providers will give you a real business email address and a way for you to contact them back, which you can independently verify on a company website or support line.
For more information on phishing, check out the University’s Information Security website.