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T-mobile customers are vulnerable to a new unblockable SMS phishing attack

T-Mobile customers are being targeted with offers of a free gift.
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April 19, 2022
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Kris Carlon / Android Authority
TL;DR
  • New Jersey authorities are warning of a new phishing attempt.
  • The scam targets T-Mobile customers and cannot be blocked.

Bad actors are targeting T-Mobile with a new phishing scam that appears to be unblockable at the moment.

First reported by the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), and confirmed by Android Authority, the phishing scam involves sending customers a text message thanking them for paying a bill and offering a free gift. The text message includes a malicious link to redeem the gift. What makes this particular phishing scam so frustrating is the fact that it can’t be easily blocked.

See also: How to block spam calls on your Android device

It seems the scammers send the phishing attempt via a group text, making it nearly impossible to effectively block with default messaging options. According to NJCCIC, some customers have reported receiving dozens of scam texts per day. Since T-Mobile customers are being specifically targeted, it’s likely the scammers are using data obtained from one of several data breaches T-Mobile has experienced in recent years.

Phishing scams work by tricking individuals into doing something harmful with seemingly legitimate texts or emails. Since there is no easy way to block this particular phishing attempt, users should simply delete and ignore any such messages.