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The Flubot text-messaging scam has morphed from a parcel delivery message to a photo uploading message. Photo / 123rf

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) confirms there are versions of the Flubot text-messaging scam, which has morphed from a parcel delivery message to one claiming your photos have been uploaded to an online album.

“‘Someone uploaded your pictures,” it says.

The text message provides a link, which it says is to that album.

The latest scam text. Source / DIA
The latest scam text. Source / DIA

If clicked, users will be directed to a fake security alert webpage that says your phone is infected with Flubot malware – and that you should install a security update to fix it.

But the alleged fix for Flubot is in fact the malware itself, which attempts to steal information such as credit card details and bank logins from your phone, and copies its address book then messages your contacts with the same scam.

Flubot can only infect Android phones, such as those made by Samsung, not iPhones.

If you receive a text from an unknown sender or a text with a suspicious hyperlink, do not click any links included in the message. Simply report the text spam for free on your phone by forwarding the spam text message to 7726 – which will not incur any fee.

“In the past 48 hours we have received over 58,000 reports of the scam” said Joe Teo, manager of the Digital Messaging and Systems Team.

The Herald started to get messages from readers reporting the new photo variant…

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