In computing, SMS phishing is a form of criminal activity using social engineering techniques. Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire personal information such as passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. SMS is the technology used for text messages on cell phones. SMS phishing uses cell phone text messages to deliver the bait to induce people to divulge their personal information. The hook in the text message may be a website URL, but it has become more common to see a telephone number that connects to an automated voice response system. The SMS phishing message usually contains something that demands the target’s immediate attention. Examples include “We confirm that you have signed up for our dating service. You will be charged $2 a day unless you cancel your order on this URL:”. Or confirms that you have purchased a computer from. Visit if you did not make this online purchase”, and “: Your account has been suspended. Call 235.654.6969 immediately to reactivate”.

Examples of Smishing