an SMS puts our money in danger

It looks like a normal SMS sent by Poste Italiane but reports an anomaly on the current account. Never click on links – it’s a pretty good scam.

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The online scam travels on all means potentially vehicle of messages. And, for this, they can be attacked. Moreover, the increasingly massive diffusion of technological tools has led to an increase in cybercrime, with increasingly sophisticated and dangerous attacks. Instant messaging apps represent an all too good opportunity for scammers, given the massive use and much wider spread opportunities of link-traps. For this you need a good dose of cold blood when you receive an SMS that fears some risks related to our current accounts.

Same goes for emails of course. The SMS, however, arriving directly on our phone, could catch us more off guard. In recent days, a self-styled message from Poste Italiane invites you to unlock a “suspended” account by accessing a specific page via a link. The most classic of scams but extremely effective if the safety rules are not applied. Which, however, first of all pass from ourselves and from our ability to smell the deception.

The fake post office scam: how to defend yourself

Let’s clarify immediately that Poste Italiane is not sending any SMS. Nor to indicate a blocked account. In the message, however, the suspension of the current account is clearly specified (without any explanation), indicating a link on which to click to resolve the problem. Needless to say, this is a pretty good scam. Identifiable first of all by the writing methods, with randomly distributed capital letters, rough punctuation and no hint of any reference. For this we need a good dose of self-control: such a message can scare us, lead us to believe that it is a minor problem (perhaps a simple verification of identity). Clicking on those links, however, would lead to counterfeit platforms, where our credentials will be requested which, if provided, would put home banking in the hands of the criminals on duty.

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The scammers themselves indicate the method to solve the problem. In practice, providing the information to ensure that the victim himself gets into trouble. However, as mentioned, in addition to not being absolutely advisable to click on those links, the spelling is also a clue. Also because, in the second communication the nature of the problem will be explained in detail, with a text therefore wider and more exposed to grammatical errors. It is in these circumstances that we must keep our nerve and not panic, so as to notice the alarming signs. For those who continue in the fall, the page will show two boxes for entering data, theoretically to access the Poste site. Once the data has been entered, the keys to our account will be handed over to criminals. Better be careful.

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