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Here’s a tip that’s worth repeating:

Don’t click on a link in a text message you get on your phone that says you’ve won a terrific prize or a gift card. Don’t reply either. It’s probably a scam.

The Federal Trade Commission settled charges with a group of marketers that were part of a scheme that sent millions of unsolicited spam text messages promoting supposedly free merchandise like $1,000 gift cards for Wal-Mart and Best Buy.

People who clicked the links in the messages didn’t get the promised prizes. Instead, they were taken to websites that asked them to give personal information and sign up for multiple offers, often involving purchases or paid subscriptions.

What can you do about unwanted text messages?

  • Delete unwanted text messages that ask you to enter a special code, or to confirm or provide personal information. Legitimate companies won’t send you a text asking for sensitive information.
  • Don’t click on links in the text message. Links can take you to spoof sites that look real but will steal your personal information.
  • Report spam texts to your carrier. Copy the original message and forward it to 7726 (SPAM) free of charge, if you are an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint subscriber.

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Im getting texts from people saying they have tagged me (im assuming facebook) but i dont facebook??? Why do they send these....different number each time....

How did it end? Did they use your personal name?

i got a text and when i checked the number it came from i found out it was a real phone number, but the phone was out of service. how is that possible? really need to figure this out. it was to buy or join anything but lots more personal. help

7726 is not working on T-Mobile

I got an SMS from a sender with an email address instead of a phone number... press and hold to get to the options of what to do with the message, and there isn't an option to forward to SPAM thing with T-Mobile. HELP!

I emailed someone a few weeks ago. I have received texts messages containing personal information from the private email. These are random texts from bit ly. Who are they coming from? How did they get my phone number? (the person that I sent the email doesn't have my phone number?)

ive been getting messages like that too. All I know is you shouldn't answer it. One asked if i was a famous actor. Another discussed me getting drunk when i know i never had alcohol since im underaged.

thanks u very muc

I got a text with my full name and address and a URL. I did not click and reported it to 7726. Creepy!

I got that same text today. Creeped me out and I reported it also. From the phone number 330-944-2946.

I just received one like that as well!! Very scary!

I received that same text today. It is very creepy. How do you report it to the 7726 system?

If you receive unwanted commercial text messages, file a complaint with the FTC.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) also accepts complaints about unwanted text messages.

I just received the same type of message with my full name & address and a link. very worried that I got this. Did not click the link.

Yesterday I received 2 texts a minute apart from different numbers with my name address and a link. Reporting them both.

+1 (470) 819-5044- this number sent me a text that had my name and street address followed by a link. I have never seen this. What is it and how do they know my name and address?

I just got the same thing from (734)333-7241 My street address - my full name -

That happened to me this morning!

I got the same thing, my name and address followed by a link. I think we all clicked a bad Facebook post and are being fished. Right before Christmas too. Awesome.

The same thing happened to me today! I received a text with my first and last name and my complete address + a link.

I just received the same thing but with the words you better take care of and my address and full name. So weird. Kinda scary.

I received a note that had my first and last name and then the words "how are things at" and then my address. no other link to go to….

Me too! If you reply then they send you a link but don't click on it

The number I received the text from is 267-930-5126 and it contained my full name and address as well, along with a website. This is very scary. I have never had anything like this happen before.

I've had the same thing to happen. What should we do?

I did click on the link and it took me to a thing that wanted me to sign up for stuff.

Yup, just receieved a message from 360-889-8691 and it had my first and last name, address, and a link. It was my married last name which wasn't officially changed and so mostly everything except like health care is still in my maiden name....the website address listed was http:

i wouldn't click on a link if there was one, but with old school flip phone, don't have the option!

I have tried using 7726 today (as I have done may times) and it doesn't seem to work anymore.. no response

Just got that same creepy message and link but from +1 (754) 220-5848. Had my shortened first name, last name and address with a link. I reported it to Verizon but very weird

I have been getting similar messages with my first name and address and a link. I have received three messages from three different numbers. I have US Cellular. Is there a way to stop this from happening?

What can you do about unwanted text messages?

  • Delete unwanted text messages that ask you to enter a special code, or to confirm or provide personal information. Legitimate companies won’t send you a text asking for sensitive information.
  • Don’t click on links in the text message. Links can take you to spoof sites that look real but will steal your personal information.
  • Report spam texts to your carrier. Copy the original message and forward it to 7726 (SPAM) free of charge, if you are an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint subscriber.

I've recently been getting phone calls from other cities in Canada claiming that I'm a prostitue in the New west area. I find this disturbing. First they call, and then they start texting you asking how much? Or that they're in town looking for a whale escort.... Ive gotten two from Alberta, one from Ontario and a few local numbers. I hate they do this at odd hours. Now I've got unknown and random numbers calling leaving messages that I'm this Ben person and they're waiting for me to submit the documents? I'm pretty sure this is spam but it's really annoying. I just want my phone to stop buzzing. Just wondering if others are getting harassing messages like those...

I too just got a text from 2017302689 with only my name addy and a link. I reported it as spam, but wish there was more info around about whatever this is right now. So far this has been the most helpful site with assurance I wasn't the only one.

I just got the same type of text with my full name, area code, and a URL link in the middle of the night! So creepy! Reported it.

So did I!! Very scary.

I'm suspicious that this happened because I changed my address online with USPS. After I completed my forwarding address form I was directed to ads, coupons, and offers to get paid for doing surveys.right after I filled these things out my email account was bombarded with offers. Has someone hacked the postal services server?

I got this message this morning from a 205 area code. I have no idea what this is, any ideas?

"Your friend has asked you a question on Kiwi! Go to www.kiwi. to find out what she asked"

I got one today and I clicked on it....

Hi, I just got a random text saying "You still got it" and a link after that. I didn't click the link, but I did reapond to the text. Should I be worried? Is there something I need to do?

If you respond to one text, you might get more.

If you do, don’t click on links in the text message. Links can take you to spoof sites that look real but will steal your personal information.

Report spam texts to your carrier. Copy the original message and forward it to 7726 (SPAM) free of charge, if you are an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint subscriber.

got a text at 4:17am from 470-719-0017, my full name, address then it said finish, with a link to click, i did not click it, i deleted it..have no clue what or who but after reading here, i am glad i didn't click it..

What's up to every single one, it's really a pleasant for me tto pay a quick visit this website, it contains valuable Information.

Just received pornographic images from 347-730-7736. I read the above advice and reported them to Verizon, and also blocked them. This was incredibly shocking to receive via text while at work. Is there anything else I can do to make sure this person is caught?

Got a text message this morning from an email stating that money was donated to me (I think, it didn't have dollar signs but am assuming). There was no link but there was an email they said I should contact. No clue what's going on or how someone got my number, as I don't give it out to many people. Trying to find out who the email links to!

Hello, I need help! I have gotten so many different confusing texts on my cellphone. now it is just a normal old school flip phone. the last message I received is from a random email address example(       ) and it sys something about Cialis and Viagra use special code Big bo*** to receive a deal on my order. no option to reply.. the next problem was from a local number saying click the link to video chat. I never clicked the link, but I did ask who it was. They never called me back or texted. I have uscellular, someone please help me

If you get unwanted text messages:

  • Delete unwanted text messages that ask you to enter a special code, or to confirm or provide personal information. Legitimate companies won’t send you a text asking for sensitive information.
  • Don’t click on links in the text message. Links can take you to spoof sites that look real but will steal your personal information.
  • Report spam texts to your carrier. Copy the original message and forward it to 7726 (SPAM) free of charge, if you are an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint subscriber.

All 4 phones on my account received a text message this morning from 1(410) 100-001 with a link to a YouTube page. None of us clicked on the link but I went on YouTube to see if I can find what this was and it appears to be a darn political ad talking about how "first time in decades we have a somebody with INTEGRITY".

The name "Jim" appears in the from section and the subject line is "Together" along with the link 

I contacted AT&T (well, I reported it to 7726 for SPAM.) The thing that really ticked us off was that the messages came in at 4AM while we were all sleeping! Thinking that it was sent to us since we live in Pennsylvania and the Primary is this week (I think). Still, messages were unwanted and I would love to punch the idiot responsible for sending them! :)

I just received a text that has my home address and then a link I have never heard of. I don't want to click on it but I am curious. It is a 209 area code number which is no where near me.

I have a random text message that says From Jim. Subject- together. And go to you tube address. Says first time in decades we have a somebody with integrity. Not going there. Figure they`re phishing.

727-245-0444
Sends text with my full name, address, and a link at 3AM.

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