SMS phishing

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In computing, SMS phishing[1] or smishing[2] is a form of criminal[3][4][5] activity using social engineering techniques. Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire personal information such as passwords and details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Short Message Service (SMS) is the technology used for text messages on cell phones.[6]

SMS phishing uses cell phone text messages to deliver the bait to induce people to divulge their personal information.

On March 9, 2012, Rewe issued a fraud alert regarding a large number of scam texts that offered a nonexistent $1000 gift card as bait.[citation needed]

In August 2017, several credit unions in southern California including Orange County Credit Union were hit with SMiSHing attacks.[citation needed]