In Australia, scams and spam sent via SMS are on the rise. And as a global messaging provider, we’re taking this very seriously.
That’s why, we’ve put together this quick guide to let you know who’s sending these messages, how you can spot them, and how to block them. It’s all part of helping you stay safe.
In Australia, we’re seeing all sorts of scam messages being sent, including those from fake:
Example 1: You’re sent an emotional plea or invited to win a prize.
You might receive a message with a short story, inviting you to use a telephone number, or to click on a link, or to supply information such as a tax file number.
There may be an emotional plea associated with the messages. For example, someone is poverty stricken, unwell or seeking a relationship. Or, you might be invited to enter a competition to win a prize.
Example 2: You’re asked to check something by clicking on a link.
You might be asked to check your credit card details by clicking on a link. You may receive a fake myGov message, asking you to check on your tax return, debt, or refund.
Example 3: You’re asked to upload photographs for money.
You might even be asked to upload photograph images in return for a payment. By clicking on a link, you may, without knowing it, sign up to a costly subscription service, or download malicious software.
Always be wary. If you dial a telephone number or click on the link within a message from an unknown sender, then you may supply enough information for the scammer to use your identity to defraud you. Or the scammer could defraud others, by pretending to be you.
Scammers can be convincing fraudsters and can be either:
Regardless of their size, scammers set out to deliberately mislead someone into:
It’s easy to filter messages from unknown senders on your phone. Just follow the instructions on the links below.
Got an iPhone? Here’s all the info you need here.
Got an Android? Get started with this article.
It’s a good idea to be wary about any text message you receive that asks you to:
Scamwatch.gov.au is an authentic and helpful place for scam information. You can also sign up to get regular email alerts about scams targeting consumers.
Report it to our team here.
See the 10 golden rules for texting etiquette here.