Smishing and vishing are the common types of phishing attacks that attack a victim by sending messages and voice calls. Both use the traditional method of means of phishing scams which drive the victim to urgent action. The aim is similar, whereas the delivery methods are different.
What is Smishing?
Smishing is also known as SMS phishing is a common type of phishing attack that is carried through SMS (Short Message Service) on cell phones.
The Smishing message carries a threat or enticement to call on a number, share sensitive data on a specific deadline or click on a link. They may also send you links of different security software and suggest you to install it, which turns out be to a malware.
The typical smashing message may say that your bank account has been suspended. To unlock the account click, they will provide you links like https://jhfjjf38sh3 and by clicking on that link; malware will get installed on your system.
What is vishing?
Vishing is voice phishing and a common type of phishing attack that is carried through phone calls and Skype and targets users of voice over IP service.
The scammers use different IDs that seems to be from a trusted person. The call appears to be from a local area or organization that you know. When the call is missed, the scammers usually keep a voice message asking you to call them back.
The scammers aim to get the credit card details, birthdates, account sign-ins, or sometimes to harvest phone numbers from your contacts. After attending their call or calling them back, there will be a message asking you for handing over certain information to them.
How to prevent Smishing and vishing
People are now more aware of scam emails and receiving spam, and they take every possible step to avoid them. But they are still not aware of text message and calls as they feel more legitimate to them. With the rise of E-commerce, people are using their cell phones for shopping, banking, and other smart activities, the opportunities for scammers proliferate. It is time to stop, think, and take various steps to avoid being a victim.
The best way to defend against Smishing and vanishing is to get prepared against online and phone frauds. Don’t trust anyone on the phone, don’t click on links send by an unknown person, lookup for numbers and emails address before getting contacted to them, font share any sensitive information to a caller such as a bank account details, credit card details, etc. instead contact your bank to stay safe.