In computing, SMS phishing or smishing is a form of criminal 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.
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.
In August 2017, several credit unions in southern California including Orange County Credit Union were hit with SMiSHing attacks.
- "Phishing, Smishing, and Vishing: What's the Difference?" (PDF). www.belvoircreditunion.org. August 1, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-01.
- Vishing and smishing: The rise of social engineering fraud, BBC, Marie Keyworth, 2016-01-01
- Protect Yourself from “SMiShing”, Robert Siciliano, Feb 22, 2012
- "SMiShing", The free dictionary by Farlex
- SMiShing, Forrest Stroud
- SMS phishing article at ConsumerAffairs.com
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