New BuzzWord: smishing

Posted by on July 27, 2009

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Vishing phishing smishing – smashing!

Smishing is the new BuzzWord this week on Macmillan Dictionary Online. The term, coined in 2006 by David Rayhawk, working for McAfee Inc, describes the criminal activity of sending text messages to people in order to persuade them to give personal information such as credit card details and PINs (personal identification numbers).

To help you avoid getting smished, vished or phished here are some useful links with more information:

More on smishing

5 tips for how not to get smished

Facebook is one of the main targets of phishing scams

And there’s vishing to bear in mind too

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