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Phone Message Could be Phishing Scam
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) You've seen scams in your e-mail, but what about your phone? Maybe you've answered a call only to hear a recorded message offering you a discount on your cell phone plan. An expert on information technology warns don't fall for it.
The technology for phishing by phone has been around says Jeff Murphy, interim director of information systems at UB, but phone phishing hasn't been prevalent until recently. "The movtivation to do phone phishing has not existed because smartphones weren't very common five years ago. Today, many people have smartphone so the motivation to phish using them has grown," explains Murphy.
Murphy notes it's easier to phish by phone then by, say, e-mail. "It might just be a phone number purporting to be your cell phone provider asking you to go a website to pay your bill or get a big discount and you won't have any indicator of whether that message is authentic," says Murphy. "SMS does not have those clues, so people are more apt to click the button and see what the offer is. At that point, it's possible your phone could be compromised without you taking any more action."
Murphy says look at the end of the address. A key clue to whether it's a scam is if you see a company name before the .com. If there's a number or something else, Murphy says it's a phishing scam. Just like any other too good to be true offer, he advises treat any unsolicited offer with a grain of salt.