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Warning - Scam SMS Phishing Texts

Whenever you rent or sell property, or anything else, it seems that you'll attract scammers.

We are all used to these scams coming in by email, so nowadays we tend to use systems which don't make our email visible to the scammer's harvesting robots.

So, when the scammer can't harvest your email from an advertisement, they will harvest your phone number and use a text sending system which allows them to send out bulk SMS messages without it costing them anything. These systems will sometimes forge or hide the sending number.

So the end result is that you, and hundreds or thousands of other potential victims, will receive a generic tempting text message. It may ask you to contact them by some means enabling the scammer to make money directly from your call. Or they may ask you to contact by email so that the "Phisher" can start to offer you some bait and reel you in.

Here is an example I received today ostensibly from:- 1-512-551-0296

I am highly interested in paying for your apartment, kindly get back to me with more details/photos directly to my e-mail> annacol212@outlook.com

It's pretty obviously a scam, as it is generic and designed for bulk sending in the hope of finding one or more desperate persons who will respond. It is obvious that genuine people just don't make contact in this way, or talk like that. But if you receive such a message, and are tempted to respond, just do a web search on Bing, Google or your favourite search engine for a selected phrase in the email like...

""kindly get back to me with more details/photos directly to my e-mail"

and you'll find lots of similar Scam warnings which should be enough to convince you not to bother responding.

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