- Add your number to the Do Not Call/Do Not Solicit Registry.
- Turn on Premium SMS Message blocking. Check out your cell phone carrier's website or call the customer service number for assistance.
- Know that most banks, utility companies and courts of law do not text critical information.
- Do not ignore cell phone updates. These security patch updates are important.
- Ask your provider to remove charges from your statement if you think you were a victim.
- Verify text messages and phone numbers are coming from the legitimate source rather than trusting the sender and clicking on their links.
- If you suspect that you or your employee received a fraudulent message, report it to the Federal Trade Commission and file a complaint.
- Trust your gut instinct. If something sounds urgent or seems odd, take some time to investigate before you take action and put yourself at risk.
Attackers prey on basic human instinct. Today attacks are done in a savvy manner. Scam artists attack through so many methods including texts, phone calls, emails, malicious websites and in person. Unfortunately, so many well-meaning people are thrown off guard and do not recognize the attack.
Written by Michelle Stamps
Michelle has over 10 years of experience in marketing and business development across various industries including government and non-profit. Her background in writing, facilitating presentations and event planning allows her to use her creative skill-set and her relationship building skills strengthens her ability to understand the human element role in cybersecurity and to support positive behavior change. Whether she is out in the community, blogging or developing the next social post for TechGuard, she believes in telling the company’s story and uses relatable, real-life examples to connect with our clients. If you know Michelle outside of work, you would know that she loves sunny days and tropical places.