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SMS spam: Fake packet notification

"Your order is on the way. Click on the following link to open the shipment tracking." The text messages that numerous smartphone owners in Germany are currently receiving are something like this.

The reason: The senders want to lure the recipients to websites where log-in information is tapped or viruses are distributed.

What to do if you have received such a text message?

When you've received a message like this, you should do one thing above all else NOT do: click on the link. Delete the message and nothing can go wrong. A package for you is definitely not on the way.

Spam or DHL - how do I know that it is a fake message?

But what if you actually expect a parcel from DHL, Hermes, dpd or another parcel delivery company? You can easily see from the attached URL that the SMS is spam. It doesn't belong to DHL or any other parcel delivery company.

What to do when you click on the link?

If you were too quick and clicked the attached link, you should scan your cell phone for malware. If you have not yet installed an anti-virus app on your smartphone, you should do so as soon as possible. You can find various free variants on the net.

It is also advisable to change your login details, especially if you have given them in the spam link.

So that your smartphone is not misused to send further spam SMS, those affected should activate flight mode and contact their mobile phone provider.

How do the spammers know your phone number?

The current wave of spam via SMS is said to be related to a data record that Facebook has lost. In total, more than 500 million Facebook users are said to be affected. If you want to know whether you are one of them, you can do so through the website haveibeenpwned.com check for free.

How can you prevent spam SMS?

Most messaging apps can be preset to only receive SMS from saved contacts. Some smartphones also offer spam filters. They can help reduce the number of unwanted text messages.

Basically, you should use your data as sparingly as possible. You only give your mobile phone number if it is absolutely necessary. If the spam SMS does not end, the only thing that helps in the end is to change the cell phone number.

In principle, apps should never be installed via a link sent. There are app stores for this. iPhones are configured in such a way that only apps from the Apple App Store can be installed anyway. With Android smartphones, you can use the settings to regulate that apps from unknown sources generally cannot be loaded.

This is how you can defend yourself against spam SMS

If you have clicked on the spam link and you have incurred costs as a result (possibly by sending spam SMS via your number), you should ask your mobile phone provider for proof of costs. Then you can probably claim the damage with your home insurance. In any case, it is advisable to report this to the police.

Sources: verbrauchzentrale.de, www.verb├╝berszentrale.nrw, BRISANT