Crooks use any communication medium available to them, and SMS is no exception. We've seen malware and phishing attempts using SMS in the past, however it doesn't seem all that common in the last year.
Although last week, I received a couple of these spams via SMS while overseas (to my roaming Australian phone number).
Do you get much SMS spam ? What do you do with it ?
In Australia, you can report SMS spam to ACMA by simply forwarding the SMS to their number. They automatically acknowledge receipt and action them as appropriate. You can find more about this service at the ACMA website.
As an aside I'm wondering if the fact that I was in another country adds to the usual jurisdictional issues that arise in the cybercrime world, i.e assuming that some sort of crime(s) has occurred, where did it occur? Whose law prevails? This normally matters a lot in terms of which jurisdiction should action. Who should investigate?
- The country of the relay (Australia)?
- The country where I received the spam (in Asia) ?
- The country where the sending phone number/email reside (Ghana)?
- The country where the advertised phone number is (UK)?
- The country of the email supplier (AOL) ?