STD Check Text Message
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. 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 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”.
Although the website 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.
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 $2/text sound?
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.
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 STD notification.
STDCheck.com Scam: How To Report
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