Vodafone has developed a new solution to stop the never ending stream of fake SMS.
Last year 2021 was one of the worst in terms of online scams and frauds. Cyber fraudsters opted for innovative methods to dupe iPhone and Android phone users and thereby steal their money. From SMS, malware, phishing, email to QR code, every trick was tried to steal data and money. We have also seen people sending SMS regarding fake delivery service especially during the festive season sales period. Many of these messages are highly sophisticated, with links leading to fake websites that appear to be completely realistic. Unfortunately, the trend is increasing and people’s personal data and financial information are at risk. Cybercriminals have acquired the knowledge and means with which they can spoof even the best-protected devices – they have learned to trick people while honing their ability to hack phones and other gadgets. It’s a pretty explosive combination.
Things are getting worse and worse, Telecom company Vodafone UK has come up with a solution! Vodafone has initiated a crackdown against fake SMS and other messages by including an anti-fraud protection that will bring relief to iPhone and Android users. Even during the biggest shopping season of the year, the telecom company claims to have seen a steady decline in reported fraudulent SMS messages overall in the UK, Express reported.
What steps has Vodafone taken to tackle fake SMS?
Vodafone uses SMS firewall technology to see where it comes from and who is the recipient. Nearly 45 million phishing messages have been blocked since the end of August 2021, a 76 percent drop in the average amount of SMS fraud in December compared to May.
In addition to blocking messages, Vodafone also enabled the service for Android users in the UK to report fake or suspicious SMS. Android users can use ‘7726’ service to report if they find some suspicious text. All you have to do is share suspicious text messages with Vodafone by forwarding them to the given number – 7726 for further investigation. Apart from this, Android users can also report suspicious text SMS through Google’s Messages app.
No matter how much of an impact this may have on reducing cases of fraudulent text messages, it is still true that people are falling prey to online scams and fake deals. Users are advised to be alert about fake text messages and report if they find any suspicious activity regarding text messages and above all, when seeing online fraudulent SMS/messages/emails in their inbox Learn how to recognize and it applies equally to iPhone and Android phone users. Nothing can be better than this.
How to avoid being a victim of online scams
step 1. Check for spelling and grammar and design errors in these messages, links, and websites. There will be none on the official website.
step 2. Verify websites by checking the lock icon in the URL
step 3. Don’t be greedy, if a deal is too good to be true, it’s probably a fake.
step 4. Do not provide any secret data details to strangers over the phone (bank name, username, password)
Step 5. Always type the website you want to visit carefully – double check that what you type as the fake website URL will be somewhat similar to the original website.