(Last Updated On: March 24, 2022)

FluBotFlubot Flubot is a new Android & iPhone malware/spyware that aims to steal financial login and password data from your device. Flubot malware uses smishing (or SMS/Text phishing) to attack you & your device. You will receive an SMS that informs you about a package delivery or something else. The SMS will include a link to trigger the malware attack.: Package Delivery Text Message Shipping ScamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.

The ‘FluBot’ spywareSpyware A type of malware installed on computers or cellphones to track your actions and/or collect information without your knowledge. Some spyware can change computer settings for pharming redirection., sent via package delivery text messages, affects Android phones and devices

No, you are never safe online anymore!

Governments around the world are aware that a new malicious piece of spyware – known as FluBot – is affecting Android phones and devices across the globe.

The spyware is installed when a victim receives a text message, asking them to install a tracking app due to a missed package delivery.

The tracking app is in fact spyware that steals passwords and other sensitive data.

It will also access contact details and send out additional text messages – further spreading the spyware.

The text message requests that victims click a link. Doing so directs them to a scam website, such as the one shown below (although the branding may vary).

  • Users of Android devices (such as those manufactured by Google, Huawei and Samsung) will be encouraged to download an app.
  • Users of Apple devices are not currently at risk (as of the date of this article, but that can change without notice), although the scam text messages may still redirect them to a scam website that may still try to steal your personal information.

If you receive a scam text message:

  1. Do not click the link in the message, and do not install any appsApps Applications or Apps An application (software), commonly referred to as an ‘app’ is a program on a computer, tablet, mobile phone or device. Apps are designed for specific tasks, including checking the weather, accessing the internet, looking at photos, playing media, mobile banking, etc. Many apps can access the internet if needed and can be downloaded (used) either for a price or for free. Apps are a major point of vulnerability on all devices. Some are designed to be malicious, such as logging keystrokes or activity, and others can even transport malware. Always be careful about any app you are thinking about installing. if prompted.
  2. Forward the message to 7726 (SPAM) in the U.K. or the U.S.A., a free spam-reporting service provided by phone operators.
  3. Delete the message.

If you were expecting a DHL delivery, you should visit the official DHL website (search in Google to make sure you spell it corrctly) to track your delivery. Do not ever use the link in the scam text message.

If you have already clicked the link to download the application:

You must take the following steps to clean your device, as your passwords and online accounts are now at risk from hackers.

Do not enter your password, or log into any accounts until you have followed the below steps.

To clean your device, you should:

  • Perform a factory reset as soon as possible. The process for doing this will vary based on the device manufacturer and guidance can be found here. Note that if you don’t have backups enabled, you will lose data.
  • When you set up the device after the reset, it may ask you if you want to restore it from a backup. You should avoid restoring from any backups created after you downloaded the app, as they will also be infected.

To protect your accounts:

  • If you have logged in to any accounts or apps using a password since downloading the app, that account password needs to be changed.
  • If you have used these same passwords for any other accounts, then these also need to be changed.

To protect yourself from future scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. like this, you should:

  1. Back up your device to ensure you don’t lose important information like photos and documents. The CyberAware campaign explains how to do this.
  2. Only install new apps onto your device from the app store that your manufacturer recommends. For example, most Android devices use Google’s Play Store. Some manufacturers, such as Huawei, provide their own app store.
  3. For Android devices, make sure that Google’s Play Protect service is enabled if your device supports it. Some Huawei devices provide a similar tool to scan devices for viruses. This will ensure that any malwareMalware Short for "malicious software," this term means computer viruses and other types of programs that cybercriminals use to disrupt or access your computer, typically with the aim of gathering sensitive files and accounts. on your device can be detected and removed.

Footnote – While messages so far have claimed to be from DHL, the scam could change to abuse other company brands. 

Always Report All Scams – Anywhere In The World To:

U.S. FTCFTC The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government whose principal mission is the enforcement of civil (non-criminal) U.S. antitrust law and the promotion of consumer protection. The FTC can also act as a clearinghouse for criminal reports sent to other agencies for investigation and prosecution. To learn more visit www.FTC.gov or to report fraud visit ReportFraud.FTC.gov at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/?orgcode=SCARS and SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS. at www.Anyscams.com

TAGS: SCARS, Information About Scams, Anti-Scam, Scams, Scammers, Fraudsters, Cybercrime, Crybercriminals, Scam Victims, Online FraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim., Online Crime Is Real Crime, Scam Avoidance, FluBot, Package-Delivery, Text Message Scam

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