Nowadays, there are many people who are in charge of carrying out scams to try to steal our personal or financial data . There are different ways to do it, such as through a phone call, an SMS or the Internet. One of the most used techniques to carry out these thefts is phishing, which consists of tricking another person to try to get valuable information from them. The creation of fake web pages is another method widely used by cybercriminals to steal our credentials. These scammers can be loose individuals, but there are also large scam networks that many more people can participate in. On this occasion, the National Police has denounced a new phishing scam that is circulating through many mobile devices.
It is not the first time (and it will not be the last) that the National Police report these situations in which cybercriminals resort to phishing to try to extract different private data from as many people as possible.
They make you believe that you need to pay an order
This time it has been through an SMS that the scammers make us believe that we need to pay a small economic amount (1.79 euros) to finalize the payment of an order that we have placed.
Specifically, they pretend to be the Post Office , since in this way the SMS seems even more reliable and in this way more people can fall into the trap.
This is what characterizes phishing, that the cybercriminal impersonates someone other than to ask their victims for their personal data, email or bank accounts.
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.
Beware of these types of scam networks
However, in this way they can steal our data or even install a Trojan , as reported by the Police. A Trojan is a virus that, if run, can give the scammer direct access to the device that is infected.
So, be careful and if you receive this SMS delete it and don’t even think about accessing the link that appears attached to the message. One way to check if the link is really a hoax or not is to write the URL ourselves by hand in the browser. The domains of these fake links are usually very similar to others that are real so that they look real.