People are just now realizing that there are four “slippery” pieces of text that you need to delete right away — ignoring them could get expensive.
Virgin Media experts have issued an urgent warning to Britons about the four scam texts.
If you just ignore the SMS without deleting it, your phone could be exposed to malware designed to steal your personal information.
First, you should always be wary of texts that are not relevant to you.
This can be anything from a “parcel delivery charge you didn’t expect” to a “last claim on an invoice you’ve never seen”.
Instead of clicking links in suspicious text, forward it to 7726 to alert Virgin experts.
If you think it might be a genuine message from a company, always look at the company’s website or app – not the link.
Another sign that text might be “slippery” is when the link doesn’t look official.
A different URL to the company’s real website or a shortened link like bit.ly are common giveaways.
The third clue is when the style of the text is different from what you normally get from the company.
If the company usually uses an app to ask you to log into your account, be careful if the text asks you to click a link.
But be warned: scammers can spoof real phone numbers so they appear in the same conversation as real text messages from the company.
After all, any text that threatens if you miss a deadline should set off alarm bells, as should punctuation or misspellings, or attempts to steal your personal information.
This comes after Google warned billions of YouTube fans about a “three strike rule” that could see them banned for violating a new policy.