Do not get tricked by fake text messages
A new form of online fraud has appeared. SMS is increasingly being used to send messages containing fake links with the intention of defrauding people. This form of phishing has even been given a new name: smishing, also known as SMS phishing.
Smishing using the name of BASE
In recent weeks, several customers received a text message stating that a payment was made twice. Recipients are asked to click on a link in order to reclaim the second payment. Neither the text message nor the link appear to be suspicious at first sight. However, this is clearly an attempt to perpetrate a scam.
Clicking on the link takes recipients to a login screen. One of the subsequent screens asks for specific data: your bank, the name on your card, your card number and expiration date. In addition, the site also asks for your telephone number. Once you have gone through all these steps, a scammer will contact you by telephone to complete the payment.
What to do?
- Do not click on the link in the text message.
- If you have clicked on the link, do not fill in the fields and break off each interaction.
- If you have nevertheless made a payment during the telephone call, we advise you to contact your bank and to file a report with the police.
Fake messages, including fake text messages, can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.