Have you received a SMS containing false information or doubtful? If so, the first thing you should know is that you are probably being scammed. Recently, a chain of text messages is circulating that includes false traffic reports, in such a way that cybercriminals impersonate the identity of a public company to steal all your personal data. Do you want to know how these individuals act and what to do to avoid falling into their networks? Follow the following tips.
Nowadays, we are successively subjected to attempted scams as soon as we have access to the Internet. In fact, many of our personal data remain integrated into many unknown websites and more care must be taken when carrying out certain operations with our credit cards or transferring our personal data to identities that we do not know.
In this context, the Internet User Security Office (OSI) has become aware of the latest ruse organized by a group of cybercriminals posing as the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) acting through SMS or text messages with the aim of hunting down victims and stealing all their private data. To prevent these attacks, the security agency has put into circulation a series of tips that must be strictly followed if we want to avoid being the prey of virtual assailants.
Impersonation of the DGT
The OSI has warned that a group of criminals is impersonating the identity of the DGT via fraudulent SMS that inform the victim that, due to a traffic ticket, they must review the violation file that is attached to the message. If you click on the url, you will be accessed to a deceptive website that will steal the user’s personal and banking information.
This way, if you have received the SMS and have not accessed any link, delete the message immediately and block the sender of the message. Otherwise, if you have clicked on the link attached to the message, you must follow a series of recommendations:
You must perform screenshots of the entire process, saving all the smishing evidence that may have arisen. If you have transferred bank details, contact your bank directly to cancel your credit card. In the next few days or months, check that in internet searches there is no trace of your personal data. If so, go to the nearest police station to make a complaint. If you have any questions about the DGT, keep in mind that it always notifies its fines through postal and electronic mail channels.
How to detect SMS
Normally, to identify this type of scam it is very important to look at the spelling mistakes that usually have this type of messages, whether in accents or misspelled words. You must also make sure that these SMS can be written in other languages.
Therefore, you should know that The official domain of the DGT is https://www.dgt.es/therefore any other type of web address would be violating your intellectual property rights.
Finally, you must keep in mind that companies or public administrations They never attach documents or links that lead to other websites to enter your personal data. In this way, you would be in danger of losing the money you have saved in your bank account.