Don’t click text message spam

Several readers have contacted us lately about suspicious text messages that they’ve received on their smart phones.

Some of these messages appear to be from Microsoft, Starbucks, Best Buy, or other well-known companies and are designed to trick you into clicking links with lures of free gifts or prizes. If you click these links you could be taken to a malicious website that could automatically download malicious software onto your phone. This could cause damage to your phone or could be used to steal your personal information or remotely control your phone.

Don’t click links in text messages unless you know the sender and are expecting the link.

Get more information on how to protect yourself from email and web scams and learn how to help secure your smart phone.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    I've gotten both text messages AND a phone call from someone claiming to be Microsoft! I answered the call because of major problems with my BRAND NEW PC, WHICH HAS A CORRUPT WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM!

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