Now days Survey scammers have turned some of their attention to targeting users directly via SMS messages containing malicious links.
Knowledgable users won’t be fooled by the mention of Apple in the URL, and will know that the domain to which the link wants to take them is textwon.com. Unfortunately, not all users are experienced enough to spot this trick.
“Textwon’s WHOIS information reveals that it is a brand new domain, registered on May 4th 2012. The actual contact information for who registered the domain is hidden behind by a domain privacy service, but the A-Record IP address of the domain is linked with others that are known to have hosted malware, scams, adware and fake anti-virus in the past,” Graham Cluley points out.
Links such as this one usually lead to scam pages offering a chance to win pricy goods in exchange for taking an online survey.
“Congratulations, Your entry into our contest last month made you a WINNER! Goto [LINK] to claim your prize! You have 24 hours to claim”
Scammers earn a small amount of money for each completed survey, and usually ask for the victims’ cellphone number. More often than not, submitting their number also means they have authorized the scammers to subscribe them to a premium rate service.
Always take care about clicking on links sent to you out of the blue, even if they arrive on your mobile phone.