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Phishing and spam SMS getting out of hand

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I'm a senior enthusiast

A few days back, I got an SMS (text message for you millenials and Gen Y & Z) claiming to be from Rogers Bank, and it came with a link: (removed link) It looked pretty official, but I decided to play it safe and peeked at the website in a sandbox environment. Despite having several malware protection tools, including Malwarebytes, none of them spotted any wrongdoing, although it was clearly a fake.

 

I often get 3-5 SMS spam messages a day and often 3 in succession from the same number. Blocking them is pointless as they change the number every day.

 

Given Canada's reputation for being too cozy with network device "hacking," it's high time cellular providers took some aggressive steps. For starters, blocking all SMS messages with URLs from unknown senders, including those seemingly innocent ones from places like Amazon? It could really shake things up in a good way. We should never receive an SMS with a URL. Period.

 

Forwarding them to number 7726 is dangerous as you might accidentally tap the link which is what these spammers want you to do and then they can take control of your phone. 

 

While the Rogers link and here are kindergarten level starting points,  it's outdated , the info hasn't can't kept up with AI, and the cunning spammers and ransomware specialist. Let's not even start with the National Do Not Call Registry; it's a joke. Reporting them is a farce because all this does is retains the details for statistical purposes. 

 

If we really want to make a dent in spam, we've got to go deeper, right to the source – the carriers themselves.  However, we know the carriers (in Canada) won't do anything unless mandated by the Federal Government,

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Re: Phishing and spam SMS getting out of hand

RogersJermaine
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Thank you for your continued participation in the Rogers Community Forums! As spam and different phishing techniques evolve, we too are constantly looking for ways to improve on methods to deter it and will continue to do so. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time to join in the conversation.

 

Regards

RogersJermaine

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Re: Phishing and spam SMS getting out of hand

RogersJermaine
Moderator
Moderator

Thank you for your continued participation in the Rogers Community Forums! As spam and different phishing techniques evolve, we too are constantly looking for ways to improve on methods to deter it and will continue to do so. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time to join in the conversation.

 

Regards

RogersJermaine

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