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Mobile phone scam warning - Flubot

It is the mission of the LLL to safeguard the interests of our depositors and we wanted to make you aware of a malicious scam activity that is circulating currently. Many Australians have been receiving scam text messages about missed calls, voicemails or deliveries on their mobile phone. 

These text messages ask you to tap on a link to download an app to track or organise a time for a delivery or hear a voicemail message. However, the message is fake, there is no delivery or voicemail, and the app is actually malicious software called Flubot.

Installing the Flubot software is likely to give scammers access to your passwords and accounts and can also send messages to the numbers it steals from your phone, continuing and expanding the scam.

What does a Flubot SMS look like?

You may receive text messages that ask you to make an action such as: click a link to track or organise a time for delivery, or to hear a voicemail message.
Clicking/tapping the link could lead to downloading malware (malicious software) to your phone. As a general rule, if you receive a text message that contains a link, do not click on the link.

Here are some examples of what it might look like:

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This SMS asks you to click to track a package. Example: This SMS says that a parcel is coming today. Example: An SMS that says your order will be delivered soon

LLL asks you to be vigilant with regard to links and text messages sent to your phone and do not click on any link unless you’re absolutely confident of the source of the message and reminds depositors that LLL will never ask for your internet banking password or account details.

Please check all your devices and ensure they have the latest operating system (iOS or Android) installed and that all your apps are updated to the latest version.

LLL also recommends setting up the ‘One Time Password’ app to help you stay protected. 

For further information on this scam or if you suspect you might have been scammed please visit the ACCC Scamwatch website.

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