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(AUSTRALIA) SCAMWATCH ALERT: Since beginning of August 2021 many citizens have been getting scam text messages about missed calls or voicemails: Less than three weeks after this scam was first reported had received over 5500 reports of these scams #AceNewsDesk report

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#AceNewsReport – Aug.31: The text messages ask you to tap on a link to download an app to hear a voicemail message. However, the message is fake, there is no voicemail, and the app is actually malicious software called Flubot….

#AceSecurityDesk says missed call or voicemail (Flubot) scam on Android phones and iPhones can both receive texts from the Flubot: If you receive one of these messages, do not click or tap on the link. Delete the message immediately and these scam voicemails. have also already been a problem overseas in 2021:

What the scam messages look like

The text message often begins with 5-6 random lowercase letters or numbers, then says you have a missed call or voicemail message.

The text message may also have several misspellings. Here are some examples.

  • ab12c3 Nfw voice yessage received 
  • gh6tr7 Voicemail message receiied 
  • x78y9z New oozce-message received 

After saying you have a missed call, voicemail or message, the messages include a link. The message may also say the voicemail message will be automatically deleted if you don’t access it.

What happens if you click or tap the link

Clicking/tapping the link could lead to downloading malware (malicious software) to your phone.

If you click on the link you’ll see a screen that typically includes:

  • your phone number
  • a note saying how long the fake message is (such as 2 minutes and 34 seconds)
  • a link to ‘Download voicemail app’ and instructions to enable the download of the application if this was blocked initially by your phone.

If you have an Android device

If you have an Android device, it will download an application called “Voicemail71.apk”. This application is malware.

You would then be asked to install the application.

The application may be able to:

  • read your text messages
  • send text messages from your phone
  • make phone calls from your number
  • access your contacts

Installing the software is likely to give scammers access to your passwords and accounts. They may be able to use this information to steal your money or personal information.

If you have an iPhone

If you have an iPhone, you may see a link to download software. This software isn’t the same as Flubot, but it can still damage your device.

What to do if you’ve downloaded the Flubot

Act immediately. If you have already clicked the link to download the application, your passwords and online accounts are now at risk from hackers.

Don’t enter any passwords or log into any accounts until you have followed the below steps.

Clean your device

Cleaning your device using the steps below will remove the malicious software from your device.

To clean your device, you can:

  • contact an IT professional
  • download official Android anti-virus software through the Google Play Store
  • perform a factory reset of the device.

Performing a factory reset of your device will delete all of your data including photos, messages, and authentication applications.

Change your passwords and secure your information

If you have logged in to any accounts or apps using a password since downloading the app, you need to change your passwords.

If you have used the same passwords for any other accounts, you also need to change those passwords.

Contact your bank and ensure your accounts are secure.

How to protect yourself

  • Do not click on links in text messages saying you have a voicemail or missed call.
  • Do not call back the individual who sent the text. It’s unlikely that they are a scammer or criminal. Scammers can disguise their caller ID as legitimate numbers to carry out these scams. This is also known as spoofing.
  • Delete the message immediately.
  • Learn more about FluBot scams and other relevant phone scams at the ID Care website.

Have you been scammed?

  • Make a report to ReportCyber if you have been a victim of this cybercrime.
  • We encourage you to report scams to the ACCC via the report a scam page. This helps us to warn people about current scams, monitor trends and disrupt scams where possible. Please include details of the scam contact you received, for example by including the email or screenshot.
  • If you have lost personal information to a scammer and are concerned, you can contact IDCARE.
  • Spread the word to your friends and family to protect them.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.30: 2021:

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