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How to unmask a Bitly text message scam – Pickr

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How to unmask a Bitly text message scam – Pickr


It’s been some time since a scammer tried to pull one over us with Bitly’s link shortening service, but if you get one of these scams, here’s what to do.

Scammers will try anything to relieve you of money, because that’s how they roll, leaving you to do everything you can to foil their attempts and prevent them from doing just that.

Preventing scams from affecting your life isn’t always easy, and while security software doesn’t always help, education certainly can, giving you the know-how to beat the bad folks doing just that.

Much of this is simply being aware and knowing what not to click on, but sometimes, the scams are convincing because of how they land in your life.

Take the Australia Post scams that have been popping up lately, as scammers turn to spoofing the “AusPost” sender ID on phones and manage to land text message scams that look convincing enough in your mobile inbox. They’re happening somewhat regularly, and are getting more and more convincing, though there are some obvious giveaways, especially if they have a “bitly” link inside.

What do Bitly text scams look like?

You’ve probably heard of Bit.ly before, also known as “Bitly”, as it’s one of the web’s main shortening services. Essentially, Bitly shortens website links so they’re smaller, making them easier to send in messages and on social platforms.

Aside for the actual legitimate uses for Bitly, scammers like to rely on the service…

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