Internet and network scams, known as cyber scams, are increasingly on the agenda over the years. There are cases in which people pose as companies, important personalities or simply send malicious malware to get information or money.
Among the many ways to carry out cyber scams are a phone call, an SMS or the Internet. One of the most used formulas to carry out these thefts is the famous phishing: tricking the victim to get important information out of him.
Creation of fake websites
Another method that is the order of the day widely used by hackers is to manufacture fake websites, emulating to be banks, companies in a certain sector … whose objective is to acquire all our information and credentials and then use it against us.
On this occasion, the National Police has been in charge of denouncing a new phishing scam that is affecting several mobile phones. This time the method used is the well-known SMS. The scammers send us this message, making the victim believe that they have 1.79 euros to pay in order to finalize the payment of an order pending delivery.
What should we do if we receive this SMS?
Specifically, they pose as Correos, since it is a very prestigious company in Spain, and it is used to place thousands of orders throughout the day. Thus, pishing consists of asking the victim for all their personal data, such as bank usernames and passwords.
As seen in the image, next to the text we will be asked to click on a link that would take us to the hypothetical web page that would allow us to finish paying the order. If we decide to click on the link, this could lead to some data being stolen or Trojans injected into our device. This type of virus can give the hacker direct access to the device that is infected.
Thus, we must never click on these types of links and we must immediately delete the SMS. An effective way to check if the link is really a scam or not is to write the URL ourselves by hand in the browser. The domains are usually all fake.