We all have been receiving spam phone calls and messages on almost daily basis from scammers who want to pilfer your money and personal information, but a new type of social engineering hack that makes use of just your mobile number to trick you is a little scarier.
Security firm Symantec is warning people about a new password recovery scam that tricks users into handing over their webmail account access to the attackers.
In order to get into your email account, an attacker does not need any coding or technical skills. All an attacker needs your email address in question and your cell phone number.
Here’s How they do it:
Send a text from an unknown number to the victim’s phone, asking them to verify their account by replying with the verification code they are about to receive in order to ensure their Google account is secure, but in real the code is a password resets code.
- Send another text message containing an unlock code to the registered phone.
- The victim receives the code with a text something like this: “This is Google. There has been unauthorized activity on your account. Please reply with your verification code.“
This social engineering trick sounds so easy and requires almost no technical skills to get into anyone’s email account.
You should not give your reset code to anyone.