Preying on the Unemployed with SMS Phishing

Scammers keep riding the Covid-19 wave. SMS Phishing is targeting the unemployed. One way to do that is by setting up phishing sites trolling for people desperate to make ends meet.

Preying on the Unemployed

An SMS phishing campaign has been exploiting the COVID-19 crisis by spoofing the website of a job placement agency, the New York Daily News reports. The scammers set up a website that convincingly spoofed a legitimate site belonging to ABS Staffing Solutions, then sent out texts with a link to the site. The website asked victims to enter sensitive personal information, which would be sent to the scammers. The fraudsters would also contact the victims to draw them into more targeted scams.

ABS Staffing Solutions’s CEO Ariel Schur told the Daily News that she learned of the scam when people started messaging her asking if the jobs were legit.

“Whoever the scammer is would send a text message from a 1-800 number, and there was no number to text back. It would just relay that we have an immediate opportunity,” she said. “The text message would have the dummy link, and I’m sure multiple people just clicked on it and adhered to whatever information was requested.”
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