Cyber Security Update – Text Scams aka Smishing

 

The ultimate goal of productivity is to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible, so you live life on your terms. One way to maintain your productivity levels is to avoid cyber security implosions because having to deal with one of those situations will cost you a great deal of time and resources.  

The latest cyber security threat is smishing. You might already be familiar with phishing, which is when you receive an email that asks you to click on a seemingly safe link but is actually malicious, or you’re requested to share private information with a seemingly legitimate company. You end up making a purchase you can’t get reimbursed for, or sharing information that leads to identity theft or the draining of bank accounts. Smishing is the texting version of this. We’re talking text scams. 

Once per month, cyber security expert Bryce Austin of TCE Strategy shares cybersecurity updates. This is what he shared in July 2022 related to text scams: 

Here is how the scam works: 

A bot notifies a cybercriminal that you have a new job, the cybercriminal looks up your cell number, who the head of your new company is, the cell number of the head of your new company, and the cybercriminal starts texting you.

There is a very simple way to avoid this type of scam: education. If the head of a company wants gift cards, they can buy them. Or, they can reach out to you in person to ask you to do it. Or, they could call you (but only if you are on a first-name basis with them). Never believe a text (or email) asking you to spend your own money on behalf of a company on a moment’s notice. Even if you have a company credit card, the same rules apply. I’ve never heard of a gift-card emergency before, so don’t believe anyone pretending to have an “urgent need” for gift cards.” 

  

Be on the lookout for text scams. Stay cyber safe, my friends. 

 

For details on how to manage your time in order to live life on your terms check out The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer.

 

About Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO®

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead? The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits. Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

4 Comments

  1. Dan Kustin on July 15, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you for this informative and insightful blog post! I’ve been getting tons of bogus texts. I was informed that just receiving these texts can download spyware and other harmful add-ons.

    • Helene Segura on July 26, 2022 at 4:05 pm

      Yes, which is super scary! It’s unfortunate, but any email or text you’re unsure of shouldn’t be opened.

  2. Coco on August 2, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    HA! I literally just received a text from someone that it just said “Alex” and I know no one in my address book with that name! I immediately blocked the text, and did NOT reply either!

    • Helene Segura on August 8, 2022 at 10:10 am

      Great! Glad you did that before opening something that might be dangerous.

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