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Be aware: What is smishing?

Detectives are warning people to be aware and not become the victims of 'Smishing'.

Credit: Press Association

'Smishing' or SMS Phishing, is a new type of scam where fraudsters send a text message to a mobile phone. The messages usually ask people to click on a link or call a telephone number. The victim will then be asked to release personal information to criminals, who are masquerading as a bank or perhaps an online shop.

Whilst many will be used to recognising email-based 'phishing' scams, the text-based 'phishing' is less well-known and may not be detected as easily.

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