Thanks to our friend Dennis Horton, Director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), we learned a new word this morning: Smishing.

I had heard of “phishing” before, but never “smishing.” Here’s how the folks at internet security firm Norton define the word:

A form of phishing, smishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them your private information via a text or SMS message. Smishing is becoming an emerging and growing threat in the world of online security.

Okay. Got it. “Phishing” is done via email, text or phone calls, but “smishing” is done using text (or SMS, “Short Message Service”). Call it whatever you want, but scam artists across the nation, including Illinois and the Rockford area, are finding that it’s a great way to steal identifications and money from a lot of people.

The text scam phenomenon has gotten so prevalent that Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has issued warnings from his office…

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