Scams are increasingly being reported to the police via fake SMS messages about alleged voice messages (voicemails). Some time ago, this scam involved text messages with purported package deliveries. Now a link is sent to mobile users via SMS with which they can call voicemail. By clicking on the message itself or via a link, you are not redirected to your mailbox, but malware is installed that can spy on all the data.
This was also reported by a 40-year-old woman from the Kaiserslautern region: last week she received an SMS that she assigned to her mobile operator. Once the message was opened, an app was downloaded to your mobile phone, which supposedly sent more SMS messages with the malware.
After that, her acquaintances told the woman that they also received such a letter. In order to protect themselves from the phenomenon of “smishing” crime, the police recommends that the recipients of such SMS delete the message and not click on the sent link, refuse to install an unknown application on the mobile device and create a third-party block via the telecom provider.
If you click on the message or open the link, you must immediately switch your mobile phone to flight mode, inform your mobile operator and find out any costs that may have already been incurred. The police should be involved, too. All data on the device should be backed up, after which it should be reset to factory settings. The police recommend that you change all passwords afterwards. More information on this topic is available at Page www.polizei-beratung.de.
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