SMiShing Scam Hits a Cell Phone Near You. The latest phishing scam targets cellular users in Upstate NY.

January 14, 2010

The Better Business Bureau is receiving numerous reports of SMiShing from cell phone users across all of Upstate NY.

“SMiShing is a Short Message Service (text message) phishing attempt” stated David Polino, President/CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Upstate NY. “We have started to receive calls from cell users across Upstate NY who report they received a text message that appears to be from their bank, credit union or other financial institution. The message says the person’s account has been compromised and they are instructed to call an 877 prefix phone number. Once they call they are asked for sensitive account and/or personal information.” Polino reported.

The BBB warns consumers to watch out for these messages, and encourages anyone who receives one to:

· Independently verify the phone number and call their bank or credit union to alert the business of the SmiShing attempt

· Do not call the number or use any of the embedded Web links provided in the message, and

· Delete the message

“Legitimate banks and credit unions will never alert customers of compromised accounts via unsolicited text message,” Polino concluded.

If you feel your identity or account information may have been compromised, BBB recommends a visit to your local bank branch as soon as possible.

For more information or to schedule an interview with a BBB spokesperson, contact Peggy Penders at 800-303-4490.