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FCC warns of steep rise in phishing over SMS

05
Aug
2022
FCC warns of steep rise in phishing over SMS

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After the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) made a huge splash weeks ago when it told Google and Apple to pull TikTok from their respective app stores, the federal agency is now warning Americans of an increased wave of SMS phishing attacks.

SMS phishing, otherwise known as smishing or robotexts (FCC’s own terminology), is a form of phishing that attempts to trick people into handing over their personally identifiable information (PII) and/or money using SMS instead of email, which standard phishing usually starts. The FCC has noted that scammers use various lures to trick someone into replying, giving out their information, or clicking a link.

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