Don‘t Text Back

You get a text message claiming your email account has been hacked. The message asks you to text back in order to reactivate your account. Has your account really been hacked, or is this a scam?

Here’s an example of a spam text making the rounds:

User #25384: Your Gmail profile has been compromised. Text back SENDNOW in order to reactivate your account.

The scammers who sent that message want to take advantage of your computer security concerns in order to get your personal information. If you’ve received a text message like it, here’s what to do:

  • Don’t text back. Legitimate companies won’t ask you to verify your identity through unsecure channels, like text or email.
  • Don’t click on any links within the message. Links can install malware on your device, and take you to spoof sites to try to get your information.
  • Report the message to your cell phone carrier’s spam text reporting number. If you’re an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or Bell customer, you can forward the text to 7726 (SPAM) free of charge.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Your complaint can help the FTC detect patterns of wrong-doing.
  • Check out our articles on text message spam and computer security for more tips.


Concerned that your email account really has been compromised? Read our article on hacked accounts to learn what you can do to remedy the situation.

Tagged with: cell phone, phishing, scam, spam, text
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Safer Way Movers.
I did a move with them and half my stuff was stolen / missing. Most likely stolen A move that was done last December and had to hire a lawyer and because they didn't keep a good log of what was packed records weren't good enough to get my stuff back. and they don't want to pay restitution for what was missing, I'm talking half my load. All the electronics gone. A brand new computer just finished building gone. Blue ray players gone. Dishes gone. either they are totally incompetent or thieves. Cause they claim to lost it in storage. I don't believe someone can lose that much. I wasn't sure what else to do. Except complain to you. Almost 8000 dollars worth of items were stolen. The computer alone that I had custom built cost me 2500 alone. Then 2 blue ray players and 2 playstations and n64 game machine as well. Not to mention underwear, dishes and more. Washer and dryer were damaged they did managed to replace those but that was done with a used one. What really hurt was the new electronics stuff that was only a couple months old. Of which I told them not to pack in the first place. Cause I had planned on moving those items myself. Any advise on how to recover from this. They changed their phone number it seems cause no one answers. All I can say is warn others to stay away from them

Retired Vet,

You can file a complaint about these movers with the Department of Transportation at http://nccdb.fmcsa.dot.gov/.

Chuck Leppert says he's a soldier in Afgainastan. He is contacting widows and scamming them out of thousands of dollars.

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