October 20, 2021

Australians bombarded with spam texts and ghost phone calls

Garbled text messages and ghost calls are hitting mobile phones across the country in a new wave of scams, including one that promises a voicemail from a friend but delivers malware designed to steal your passwords and data.

The “Flubot” scam began circulating in early August, targeting android phones with an often misspelt SMS message about a missed call and a malicious link that, when clicked, can harvest your contact list to spread further.

The Flubot mobile phone scam is helping drive a bumper year for cyber criminals and scammers.

The competition watchdog has received more than 3700 reports of the Flubot scam since the first report on August 4, a record for a single scam, and is receiving about 500 reports of SMS-related scams a day.

Delia Rickard, deputy chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which runs the Scamwatch website, said Flubot prompted users to download an app which installed malware –…

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