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Lithuanians Receive Mass Fake SMS Messages

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Photo: Lithuanians Receive Mass Fake SMS Messages. Source: Collage The Gaze
Photo: Lithuanians Receive Mass Fake SMS Messages. Source: Collage The Gaze

Residents of Lithuania are receiving a high volume of fake SMS messages related to the recent NATO summit in Vilnius. Local police and the Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT) have released this information.

According to the law enforcement agencies in Lithuania, people are once again receiving mass SMS messages, this time containing false information about secret agreements and other misleading content.

"We urge you to be aware that this information is a manipulation, so please delete these messages promptly. Be cautious and do not fall for provocations," stated the official police announcement.

Earlier this week, the National Communications Service of Lithuania already warned citizens about the spread of fake SMS messages.

"So far, the main problem has been messages aiming to obtain user data or extort money by clicking on provided links. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in such messages spreading negative information. For example, messages pretending to be from the police are being sent, informing recipients about heightened security measures in the country due to possible unrest. We remind residents that the Lithuanian police does not send mass messages, and official information can be found on institutional websites," said Rima Aukštuolytė, Head of Communications at the Communications Regulatory Authority.

"When receiving any message of this nature, the key is not to panic, critically evaluate the information, and verify it through official sources such as turning on any public broadcaster channel or checking other media outlets. If you receive messages from institutions, verify their social media accounts, websites, or call the information numbers provided on the official site," advised the representative from RRT.

Residents are also encouraged to report false information received to the Lithuanian police. Mobile network operators who have received information from responsible authorities about cases of fraud or other security incidents related to the sending of short messages should cease sending such messages.

Previously, it was reported that during the NATO summit in Vilnius, numerous incidents related to possible provocations, as well as informational and cyber attacks, were successfully prevented.

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