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It seems like every day we learn of yet another identity theft scam. And now in the age of COVID-19, social distancing and the like, there has never been a stronger need for identity theft protection. While there’s no foolproof way to completely protect yourself, there are a couple of proactive steps everyone can take.
Earlier this week, we wrote about the rise in malware and Phishing attacks, but since then, there's been an increase in attacks from phishing’s first cousin, smishing. The word smishing combines SMS, the primary format for text messaging, and phishing. Just like phishing, the attacker wants you to click on a link included in a text message to download malware to your phone, visit a malicious website, or call a fraudulent number. This is not just limited to regular text messages though. Other instant messaging platforms, such as WhatsApp, iMessage, and Skype, are also being used.
With COVID-19 affecting nearly all corners of the world, fraudsters continue to exploit fear and anxiety as a way of provoking people to open malicious emails. The newest phishing campaign tells recipients that they have recently encountered a colleague, friend, or family member who has COVID-19, and they must be tested themselves.