How To Know If The SMS You Have Received Is 'FAKE'

On many occasions, scammers use web pages that look very similar to the real ones to steal personal data and passwords.

Since Whatsapp came into our lives, it is very rare to receive SMS. However, banks or courier companies continue to use this means of communication. The problem is that the high number of fraudulent messages that users receive on a daily basis has made text messages generate a high level of mistrust.

Crimes associated with cybercrime have not . According to data from the United State Attorney General's Office, the latest available, in 2020 the judicial procedures opened for these causes increased by almost 30 percent and rose to 16,900.

One of the methods most used by criminals is to impersonate a company or entity that generates trust in the recipient in order to get them to provide personal data, from passwords to bank account numbers. To do this, they sometimes use web pages that look very similar to the real ones, for example that of an online bank, which request a password to access. This technique is known as 'smishing'.

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But, although it is true that scammers are becoming more professional and perfect their technique, there are some clues that can help the user to detect that it is indeed a scam. Although we must not lose sight of the fact that, when in doubt, it is best to ignore the message or even delete it.


The first thing to suspect is know the phone number from which the SMS originates. The next thing to do in this case is to look for it on the Internet, since, on many occasions, users leave a record on the network when they have had a bad experience with fraudulent numbers. In addition, if it is from a recognized company or an official body, they are also usually easily locatable. If it doesn't show up at all, it's best to ignore it.

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Frauds usually convey a sense of urgency , among other things so that the person receiving the message feels pressure and acts instinctively. Another good sign to be suspicious is that they are written with misspellings.


It is not usually a good idea to open the attached links in an SMS. Faced with the wave of scams, banks have repeated over and over again that they will never use this method to reset forgotten or compromised passwords for security reasons.


In the face of any suspicion of being a victim of a scam, it is best to notify the Police so that other users do not fall into the trap.

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