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3/5/24 - 7:00 PM: New SMS “Smishing” Campaign to Employees Observed

This evening, we were made aware that malicious actors have made a uniquely frustrating attempt to fraud Crowder employees using personal cell phone numbers and SMS text messages.    


Al and Daniel truly appreciate everyone alerting us to phishing attempts and other malicious concerns.  It really helps make a difference in protecting our people and Crowder.  


The attacker begins with a text message to an employee’s personal cell phone, beginning with "Hello [your name] and ending with the name of a Crowder administrator or supervisor.  By naming you and someone at Crowder, the malicious is using a classic social engineering technique.  Social engineering is a malicious attempt to manipulate you. 


At this point, all known attacks in this campaign have come from a 910 area code.  If you receive this or a similar text, please report it to HelpDesk at,, or 417-455-5712.  


Below is a screenshot of one of the attempts from earlier this evening. 



While not responding would indicate to the malicious actor that this phone number is no longer active or no longer belongs to their target, we understand that we all want to respond to colleagues' calls for assistance. 


While these messages did not contain any links, please avoid clicking on any unverified links sent to you.  


If you receive a text or call from a number you do not recognize, always proceed with extreme caution and attempt to verify elsewhere (mutual friends, company website or directory) if the number belongs to the individual or organization claimed.  In the event you receive a text or voicemail from someone claiming to be from Crowder, but are unable to verify this, please contact HelpDesk at,, or 417-455-5712.  


Thank you again to those who communicated to us and helped us get a head start on this,     


Information Services Team


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