“Smishing” might be a funny-sounding word, but Aaron Rouse, the FBI’s Special Agent in Charge of its Las Vegas office, says it’s a serious problem.

Like “phishing,” when scammers try to entice victims to click on an email link, smishing involves Short Message Service (SMS) as a text message on your cell phone.

And just like phishing, clicking on the link can lead to identity theft and ripoffs.

Special Agent Rouse says no one has been arrested in Las Vegas on charges related to smishing but it’s just a matter of time. That’s because he says the scammers can operate from anywhere, which is why the FBI needs the public to report smishing if they’re targeted.

“They can be anywhere. It really does depend on the scheme that’s being perpetrated, and the amount of effort behind it,” Rouse said. “Sometimes we see very widespread scams. It’ll go out and we quickly become aware of it because people will do the right thing, they report it to IC3.gov.


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