STD Check Text Message: How The Scam Works
Watch out for a random STD check text message that may hit your mobile phone these days. Known as the STDCheck Notify scam, the text informs recipients that someone they were in contact with tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease. The test was apparently done after booking on www.stdcheck.com, and the infected patient now has to inform all the previous partners about the bad news. How does the scam (also known as the STDcheck Prank) work? Let’s see.
Essentially, it has the same pattern used in many of the recent Coronavirus scams that were perpetrated via text on several mobile devices. The message’s content is as follows (including grammar mistakes): “A sexual partner recently tested positive for an STD & is notifying you via our Anonymous Notification Tool to recommend you also get tested. Testing is the only way to be sure of your STD status. For more details on this message and getting tested, visit STDcheck.com/notify. Reply STOP to unsubscribe”.
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Although the website (STDcheck/notify) you may see in the text message belongs to a legitimate company (STDcheck), clicking on it will redirect you to a page with nothing to do with what it says. You are asked to provide an email address and personal information that will later be sold to third parties. The cybercriminals claim that this information is needed for your test registration. The problem lies when the website is really official-looking, and many people fall for that.
How to know if a website is fake? There is a powerful tool that notifies you if a site is real or not, whether related to STDcheck or not. You should install a browser extension called Guardio HERE (we tested it, it works and it’s worth every penny). It automatically blocks 100x more harmful websites than competitors and 10x more malicious downloads than any other security tool. Very effective.
STDcheck Prank as a Hotline
Alternatively, there is a chance that the phone line used by scammers to send these mass messages is a Premium line, meaning that – as a receiver – you may pay additional, hefty charges – especially if you continue the conversation. How does a $9/text sound for the STDcheck prank? Not good, that’s for sure.
It is one of the classic text message scams out there.
STD Check Text Scam: How To Avoid
If you look at the message’s content above, you will see that several grammar mistakes raise a bunch of red flags. Not to mention that the last phrase is “Reply STOP to unsubscribe.” You didn’t subscribe in the first place. Your phone number was picked up from a list that was most likely sold to the crooks. So, beware of the ‘unsubscribe’ option every time you receive a message like this.
On the other hand, if you click on the link and are sent to a different web page, look carefully at the domain name that shows in your browser. It may contain the real company’s name, but most likely has variations – additions of letters, numbers, or special characters. In this particular case, it could be www.stdcheck1.com, where a number is added to the mix. Also, “stdcheck/notify” could be spelled with a 0 instead of ‘o’.
When in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact the company – using the number or the email address listed on their official website (which you should open separately, by the way, not using the link in the text message) and inquire about the existence of such STDcheck prank.
STDCheck.com Scam: How To Report
Warn your family and friends about the STD Check Text Message Scam by sharing this article on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers or any other suspicious activity to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
Meanwhile, watch out for other fraudulent text messages such as the Wells Fargo Alert Scam.
STDCheck/Notify Scam: How To Protect Yourself More
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Hi, I work for STDcheck.com and I can assure you all that our free anonymous notification service, which can be accessed here https://www.stdcheck.com/anonymous-notification.php is not a scam. Our mission is to provide affordable private and patient centric online health care that is accessible to everyone. When you send out our anonymous notification, the text will be the same in the scam above. However, the scammers will direct you to a link that is intended to gather personal information, whereas ours will direct you back to stdcheck.com. No personal info requested because, we are here to help!
I received the following text. Can you confirm if this is a scam?
Here is the text:
STDCheck.com – A sexual partner tested positive for an STD & recommends that you also get tested. For details, visit STDcheck.com/notify Text STOP = Opt-Out
You should get tested. It’s not a scam… people use it to anonymously let partners know they’ve been exposed without having to confront them. It’s supposed to help communication for people who would feel uncomfortable doing so otherwise and may avoid it al together.
Maybe someone sent you this text as a prank, but it’s much more likely someone wants to encourage you to check. No harm in doing so. The website isn’t intended to “check” though, you’ll need to go to your primary care or other relevant doctor.