The FluBot Scam
This text message is appearing on handsets all around the world, Android and Apple device. The message always reports about a package, whatever you do, don’t click the link, it contains Malware and is extremely dangerous.
HOW TO SPOT THE SCAM:
Appearing since August the text tells recipients they have a missed call, voicemail, or have missed a delivery.
The messages don’t give any specific information, contain spelling errors, and include a link with random letters and numbers.
The link directs victims to download an app which can then monitor your phone and steal passwords and account details.
Since September a new version is also appearing telling people they can track a delivery by clicking a link, often mentioning DHL as the courier.
The new version doesn’t contain spelling errors but still has the dubious web address link.
For example – You have (1) Pending Package! Ref: DHL-6461W Last chance to PICK it up > https://www.example.com/t.php?kdnypf0ng0
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
Do not click on the link and immediately delete the text.
You can also block the number in your phone settings but you might still receive the scam from other numbers.
IF YOU CLICKED ON THE FLUBOT LINK:
1. Call an IT specialist who can help clean your phone.
2. Download an anti-virus app and scan your phone.
3. Or do a factory reset to wipe your phone – however this will delete your photos, messages, and apps.