Vexing Texts

Who doesn’t like to get something for free? That’s what scammers are hoping when they send out messages like this:

You've been selected for a free $1000 giftcard!

Enter the code 'FREE' at yourfavestore.com.shop.biz to get it now.

Only 112 left! Text OUT to stop.

But if you do as the text says, you’ll end up at a website that requires you to give up your personal information to claim your “free” gift. Once you’ve shared your information, the site pushes you to sign up for more than a dozen risky trial offers (which aren’t free) to qualify for the supposedly free gift card they promised you.

Hold the phone! If you get a spam text:

  • Delete it!  In fact, get rid of any texts asking you to confirm or provide personal information. Legitimate companies don’t ask for information like account numbers or passwords by text or email.
  • Don’t reply, and don’t click on links provided in the message. Links can install malware and take you to spoof sites that look real but whose purpose is to steal your information.
  • Don’t give out any personal information in response to a text. A spammer may want access to your Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank and utility account numbers to open new accounts in your name.  
  • Report spam texts to your carrier. AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or Bell subscribers can copy the original text and forward it to 7726 (SPAM), free of charge.
  • Review your cell phone bill for unauthorized charges. Report them to your carrier.

Learn more about how to deal with text message spam.

Blog Topics: 
Privacy & Identity

Comments

I have been fraud by some one who claims to be an employee of the federal grant, he give to send me 10,000 but i had to pay some amount to transfer it and I didn't receive anything.I go to college and now i don't have anything to help my mom pay bill and do anything for myself!!!

If you think you've been ripped off, please do file a formal complaint with the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. We want to hear about scams and fraud out there.

I hate to say it but people like you are targeted. Your lack of English, with your wanting to gain the American dream helps them. I hope you get your money back.

Why doesn't the do not call list work? I bet if senators, congressmen, and the president got spam calls they would do something about these idiots calling all the time. I've been getting text messages from those low life spammers now too.

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