SMS phishing


: the practice of sending text messages to someone in order to trick the person into revealing personal or confidential information which can then be used for criminal purposes : smishing
This technique can theoretically be used for SMS phishing, a type of attack where users are asked for sensitive information or to subscribe to paid services through rogue SMS messages that appear to originate from a trusted source.Lucian Constantin
The SMS phishing scam is alleged to have started in 2018 to target customers of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Telstra, among others.States News Service

Examples of SMS phishing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For more tips, check out our guide on how to spot email and SMS phishing attempts. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 1 Apr. 2024 To defeat targets’ defenses, the group resorts to a host of techniques, which, besides social engineering, includes SIM swaps, SMS phishing, and live voice calls. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 27 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2006, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of SMS phishing was in 2006

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“SMS phishing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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