SMS Phishing Alert – February 15th, 2019

 

We’ve received a report of a targeted CEO fraud attempt via SMS. It’s very similar to the CEO frauds that we see via email in that the sender is asking the recipient to go and buy gift cards, scratch the back of the cards then send pictures of the back of the cards to the sender.

 

Please do not:

  • reply to the sender
  • provide any personal details
  • click on any links
  • show any interest in what the sender is requesting or promoting

 

What you can do:

  • block the sender
  • filter messages from unknown senders
  • register your phone number with the Canada’s National Do Not Call list (DNCL @ https://lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/en)
  • refer to your cell service provider for their recommendations on combating phishing:
    – Rogers – https://connected.rogers.com/tech-and-gadgets/posts/how-to-report-spam-texts-to-rogers-13529055
    – Telus – https://www.telus.com/en/bc/support/article/identity-theft-fraud