In recent weeks there has been an increase in Phishing occurrences in particular through SMS messaging.  The Centro Nacional de Ciberseguranca (CNCS) warns that these SMS are sent with sender mobile numbers from several of the national mobile network operators, through the masking of real numbers (phenomenon known as Caller ID spoofing).

The fraudulent messages are mostly simulated bank communications indicating transactions to be made or monetary amounts receivable, indicating a URL to complete this transaction. The submitted URL directs the potential victim to a fraudulent Web page where credentials or other validation information is required for banking services. New variants of this campaign have also simulated SMS from other entities beyond the banking institutions, Such as the retail industry or postal services.

How to Prevent

The CNCS warns against the fraudulent nature of these SMS and the need to not open the URL sen.

If you have any doubt contact your bank not using any of the links in the message

If you click on link

If you have done so, do not provide sensitive or personal information on the web page presented.

If you believe you have been the victim of such an incident, you are advised to inform your banking institution accordingly and report this fact to the criminal police or judicial authorities.