Beware of SMiShing in Your Text Messages

Latest Identity Theft Scam — SMiShing

SMiShing Identity Theft

A. Lewis ward & Associates provides legal education and resources to guard against Identity Theft

With every new technology advancement, there also arrives a new risk of identity theft.

Recently, NBC News alerted its audience that the latest ID Theft Scam was an offer to “receive a free $1,000 Walmart gift card,” with this new wrinkle – it was propagated over short message service (SMS) text messages rather than in email messages. Thus the name, SMiShing, a combination of SMS and Phishing for personal information by email.

Of course, if you click the link, the sender can confirm that your number is active, which will surely result in more fake text messages. And after the link is clicked, typically you are asked to provide a credit card number and verification “just to cover the costs of shipping and handling your gift.” NBC’s Suzanne Choney writes that, “you know what happens when someone has that information: They use it to buy their own gifts!”

Consumers are urged to report these SMiShing texts by calling the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Response Center toll-free at 877-382-4357, or by going to its website:

Other Resources

Consumer Advice from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (

The Anti-Phishing Working Group, Inc. is a worldwide coalition of institutions uniting the government, business and law enforcement response to cybercrime.

FBI Fraud Schemes Information Page (

This Federal Bureau of Investigation web page provides warnings and action steps to protect against common fraud schemes, including telemarketing fraud, health care fraud, identity theft (including Phishing and SMiShing), and those strange letters from supposed Nigerian government officials.

Source: NBC