A new smishing campaign, or text message phishing campaign, is targeting Nokia owners in India. These text messages pretending to be from Nokia and state that the recipient has won a lucky draw to win a car or money. These text messages state that the recipient has won either a Tata Safari or 1,260,000 Indian Rupees (roughly £13,500) and must call them to pay 6,500 Rs (roughly £70) in order to collect the prize. The text messages themselves claim to be from “Nokia.com online shopping pvt Ltd.co” and are filled with grammatical errors and other inconsistencies that would make it surprising that anyone would fall for this scam.
— Nokia Service (@nokiaservice1) February 6, 2019
Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault:
“This smashing campaign showcases the intersection of traditional scams, utilising new technology. What makes this particularly interesting, and dangerous, is that this is specific to India where awareness of technology-driven scams is low, coupled with low literacy rates in some parts of the country, it could yield good returns for the perpetrators.”