Aussies warned of dangerous text message scam

A text message scam has been sent to a number of Australian numbers, with phone users warned not to open the malware link.

The ACCC's Scamwatch warned of the scam today, urging people to delete the message immediately if received.

"URGENT WARNING: Receiving text messages that look like this from Australian numbers saying you've missed a call?" The warning read on Twitter.

"Delete these messages immediately and do not click on the link – it's a scam and will download malware."

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https://twitter.com/Scamwatch_gov/status/1425691622306578434

The scam message appears to have spelling mistakes in the wording.

In some cases, it read: "You pave a missed call. Ccller sefe you a message", followed by a malware hyperlink.

Malware, short for malicious software, refers to viruses, trojans and other harmful computer programs hackers use.

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Several people on Twitter said they had received the scam text message.

"Been getting about five of these a day," one person said.

"I'm getting a few of these a day," another person said.

Scamwatch advised it was working to stop the scam from circulating in the community.

According to Scamwatch, Australians lost more than $27 million to scams in July this year, with more than 26,000 incidents reported.

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