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Protect: SMS fraud warnings

Certain websites try to impose fee-based services on visitors. If you are trying to visit this type of site, the browser blocks the dangerous page:

Attention! We strongly recommend avoiding this type of website and not clicking the Ignore warning button.

Why is it dangerous to visit blocked resources?

Visiting these types of resources can be dangerous for the following reasons:

  • The site may conceal (not make it clear) that the services offered are fee-based, while at the same time asking you to perform actions that lead to money being deducted from your mobile phone account.
  • Purchased services may not actually be provided to you. In many cases, the purchased services may turn out to be completely different from what you expected.

How can I avoid paying for unnecessary services?

To avoid paying for unneeded services, follow these simple rules:

  • Do not enter your mobile phone number on sites that you do not completely trust. Also avoid submitting any other personal information (bank card numbers or PIN codes, passport data, logins and passwords, and so on).
  • Do not send messages from your phone to numbers shown on websites.

How can money be deducted?

Attention! The following situations may occur because of malware (viruses) on the user's computer. Additionally, viruses may intercept information you enter on sites and send it to criminals. That is why we insist that you use anti-virus software.
Registration on a website via your mobile phone

The site requires you to enter the number of your mobile phone under various pretexts — for example, to register on the website or to confirm that you are not a robot, to activate updating a program, to prevent your social network account from being blocked, and so on.

Then you receive a “secret” code on your phone, and you are asked to enter it on the site. However, entering this code actually indicates your agreement to set up a paid subscription.

As a result, you enter the “secret” code, and some amount of money begins to be deducted from your mobile account each day.

Sending messages from your phone to a short number

You are asked to send a text message (SMS) from your mobile phone to a number shown on the site. Then you receive a “secret” code on your phone, and you are asked to enter it on the site.

The cost of sending a text message to a short number is usually higher than the cost of a normal text message for your plan. In addition, the cost information might not be available anywhere on the site, or it is put in a part of the site where you are unlikely to notice it.

As a result, as soon as you send a message to the short number, some amount of money is deducted from your mobile account. In many cases, this may initiate daily deductions of money from your phone.

What if this is my site?

If your own website has been blocked, please contact us using the Feedback form.

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