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‘Sending the vaccination certificate’… Corona-related smishing successively


Smishing crimes that take advantage of citizens’ interest in the COVID-19 situation to steal money or personal information are occurring.

If there is a URL address in the text message that you have sent an inoculation certificate or that you are eligible for disaster assistance, you should first suspect it.

Correspondent Jo Han-dae.


A short text message impersonating the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and announcing that a COVID-19 vaccination certificate has been sent.

If you click the URL address attached to the text, a site impersonating ‘Checkup Moa’ will open, and if you enter your phone number here, a malicious app will be installed.

Malicious apps steal personal information by inducing people to upload photos of ID and license as well as information such as contact information and text messages in the victim’s cell phone, and even steal financial information by inducing them to enter account numbers and certificate passwords.

A situation that requires attention as it seems that the method of stealing personal information by pretending to be a text message for the 5th disaster relief fund is also expected to prevail.

“The surest preventive measure is not to click on the URL included in the text message from an unknown number… When requesting personal information such as identification information or account information, you must first be suspicious…”

The Korea Internet & Security Agency advises that you use the security function that prevents ‘installing apps from unknown sources’ on your mobile phone.

In addition, if you receive a suspicious smishing text message or suspect a malicious app infection, please report it to 118 without an area code.

This is Yonhap News TV Cho Han University. ([email protected])

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