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Beware of the new rip-off with gift text messages

Fraud via SMS has increased sharply in recent months. Now there is another new scam that lures people with alleged gifts.

Many people still remember the scam with the alleged package announcements via SMS. For weeks, scammers tried to get hold of users’ data with this type of message. Now they have come up with something new. Once again, they are using SMS to lure users with alleged gifts. What is behind the scam?

Gift SMS easy to expose as a scam

First of all, there is something positive. Namely, the new SMS spam is quite easy to recognize as a scam, because it is written in very poor German and the wording seems almost a bit confused. Only a few recipients will feel directly addressed here. The message reads as follows:

Gift SMS scam
SMS entices with an alleged gift Photo: atechbook

A purchased gift is ready for collection. If you are not suspicious, you will notice the link to DuckDNS. This is a dynamic DNS service that allows you to create your own domains free of charge. The scammers can therefore set up websites with little effort and at no cost, which are intended to deceive users. Here they mostly ask for personal data such as email addresses, phone numbers or date of birth. Later, these data records are sold or used for other scams.

Many people do not know how the senders of the messages, in this case the gift text messages, got hold of their own phone numbers in the first place. Here, too, it is often data records that were hacked and sold at some point.

What can you do against these scam SMS?

If the fraudulent messages are written as bunglingly as the gift SMS, you rarely run the risk of clicking on the link. However, they are annoying, especially since scam text messages like this usually end up on your smartphone again and again. It usually doesn’t help to block the sender’s number, as they usually circulate their messages via ever-changing cell phone numbers.

Nevertheless, we advise you to mark the gift SMS or other messages of this type as spam and block the sender. Do not click on links whose sender and destination you do not know exactly. In serious cases, they can even be used to download malicious software onto your cell phone. If necessary, warn friends and family about the current scam so that no one falls for it.

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