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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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I just got the same thing. Didn't respond. Just deleted it

I have been receiving texts that at first I thought they were from a FB friend, text came via FB. I went to her page sent her a message and she had no idea what it was all about, I freaked her out in fact. What was really weird was that I replied to the text asking her if she could block me from the text message because I had already turned all notifications off and the texts were still coming through. What was really strange was the person text back 'don't know what your talking about ......" Used my given name, the only people who use this name are my family, everyone else that knows me uses my middle name. Tooooo weird! I just change my cell number.

Received a text message from 470 435-7814. It contained my first and last name with my street address only ( no city or state)with a link to a website.

Received text msg from 470-798-4975 in the following format: FIRSTNAME STREETADDRESS LASTNAME websitelink. Googled phone number, couldn't find anything. Searched website (not full link) also, site doesn't exist. Reported to 7726 and the blocked number on my phone. Glad this page is here, never seen this before and it really creeped me out.

Twice, text message sort-of, phone gives the sound that I have rec'd a text msg, when I check it only reads ..."New message" without a return number (or a blocked number I presume). And once, the phone buzzed, but no message of any kind.

Just got a text from 8179089444 asking me simply to "try this code 7594"....of course I deleted it. Some # in the Ft. Worth area

I received a text message asking me to respond "yes" to a loan app. I'm trying to figure out if it has something to do with the car we just bought on a loan or if someone is trying to steal my identity. because they had even obtained a former home address.

this is stupid and im grace i live in a house

Received a call on my cell phone, didn't recognize the #, so I didn't answer. Within seconds, received a text from the same number with the message being just a last name...not mine and no one I know! Any clues for me?

Text message from 646-681-4509 uses my first name and says a friend added me to an app called MyHeroes. There's a link. I deleted the message. Annoying.

Recieved a text message from a 224 area code I believe the number was 2243042297. The text message had my full name address with a link attached www.olghef.com/Kuke I have no clue what this is and it's very scary

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.

 

I received a text from some random out of state phone number that I didn't know but it wasn't any kind of "Prize Notification" or anything like that. It had my street address (Without the city, state & zip) and my first and last name with a link to click on.

I got a text msg today. Claimed that I could possibly have received an inheritance from a deceased relative. Then it gives a link. Since I would never fall for this scam, I found this site to try to identify and expose the criminals who sent it.

Keep getting random texts with my name and address I keep deleting them just got a text with the persons name and address that had this number ten years ago. (How long I've had it) I just keep deleting. What do you do if you don't use a major carrier anymore. I kept this number when I left T-Mobile

Just got two in a row from ohio numbers. Dang creepy that they use names and addresses as clearly criminals. 5672060030 and 2082699738. Oddly, after texting back we are authorities the text message with a web link disappeared from the 567 number, but have it screenshot. That number is a landline that rings, then goes busy. The other number says a nonworking number when call. How the hell can they delete text msg sent on our phone..is even creepier..but that is screenshot also...well..we are skilled enough to comeback at them and make them.paranoid as phruck..

I just received a text from a registered phone number, however I don't know who this person or phone number is. There was a link attached: Is this link a scam? I appreciate anyones help! =)

If you want to be safe and not sorry...simply DO NOT REPLY to texts from those you do not know. I keep getting texts to verify a former address. IT ONLY SAYS TO VERIFY 123 ANYTOWN RD. I simply delete them. So NOW I am sending to 7726.

Has anyone ever received a text message verifying your full name and address saying that it is required documentation for internet site?

I got a text from a number (413) 449 - 1158 and I found this site. I sent a text to 7726 (Spam) don't for get to add the phone number to the forward text or you have to resend it again to who you have your cell phone provider from.

I went on Craigslist looking for an apartment.The scammers wouldn't let me call them or call me. Only via email. She wouldn't give me the address because she said that they had a string of break-ins'. She only replied to my 1st email and told me that they just wanted to know that I've had previous landlord history and to CLICK HERE.

I did and it took me to Google?? I tried to reach her but she never got back to me. I Googled Craigslist apartment scams and it was worded exactly how she did. Since then, I've received 3 texts with my name and address will links. I didn't go on any of them. I'm very concerned about the information that they have and if they can steal my identity. I'm not sure what to do from here. If anyone knows what I can do to prevent unauthorized use or theft, please let me know. I have boost mobile. So the above info won't help me. Thank you so much.

IdentityTheft.gov has information about what to do if your information has been lost, stolen or exposed.

I got 2 messahes ssying "hi" i arrived safely,operation rescheduled a few days..after i texted twoce your texting wrong person.a name and email .of vina rinehart..but in text mame reads gina smith. Reported it as spam. Hipefully, it goes,away...

Just got one from 41782 stating my Chase online account has been suspended and provides a link for me to restore. I don't have a Chase online account.

Just got the same text 20 minutes ago

Same number, same message. Only I do have a Chase account and I was able to log in just fine. I'm forwarding their fraud department the information.

Just got tw text messages back to back from 740-762-3185 with my first name, maiden name and an old address from 10 years ago! What the heck!?

Got a random text today from an unknown out of state number, with my abbreviated name and address with the word heya!!! What the heck? It freaked me out, but I decided to call the number, got a busy signal. Then found this site, so I'm assuming (which I did when I first saw it) it's some kind of scam...I just don't like these creeps knowing where I live!

Just received a text message from bit.ly that said "this one is about to explode." How do I report something that didn't come from a number?

I got the same on today.

Same here... Super freaky

Just received a random text from 936-546-1956
"Do this with me and an imbedded link. I did not click the link. It contained my last name and birth year. Deleted the message.

Just received a text message from bit.ly that said "A breakout in the making?"

Just got this one and reported it.... Number from; (855) 999-4703 You were just added to UChat by someone from your school! See who!

Got a similar message from (855)999-4718. "Looks like you have an admired! Someone from your school just added you on UChat, see who!" with a tinyurl.com link.

I just received the same type message but mine was from 855-999-4715. I don't even know what uchat is.

Same. "Someone from your school just added you on UChat! See who!" (855)999-4705 Very likely a scam.

I just got a similar text with a Google link.

Similar message, except from (888)-970-3959.

Same text, but 855-999-4700.

Just got this one from 855-999-4703. "Someone from your school just mentioned you on UChat! See who! [Shortened URL I'm assuming takes you to somewhere nefarious]"

I got, "You were just added to the U-Chat by someone from your school! See who it was!" Then it had a http://tinyurl.com site. I didn't click on it, because it was odd. I'm glad I looked it up.

Got a message saying someone mentioned me on UChat, 855 999 4700. Funny how all these different numbers are really close together.

Same message from 855-999-4700

received a text from a bit.ly address saying "this is the one I was told to buy so I did" didn't reply.

Best advice? Never respond to any text, or open any link from anyone you don't know. Period. It's that easy. Just don't. If it was legit from a friend, they will ask you about it some time.

got one from bit.ly "this is the one all the traders just bought" blocked. info says that phone number is 1(248)59 not sure how that works.

I just got one that has a bit.ly link then "wanted to ask you something, pls get on here for a few" but only from a 4 digit number. I tried googling the text of the message to see if its a known scam, and didn't know that google would automatically load the website included in the it, and all that loaded was the bit.ly "page not found" page.

Same EAC I woke up this morning to find that same text and I'm looking for it online but there's nothing about it your the only one that I've seen with the same one as me. It would be best not to reply unless you know you are supposed to be gegtting a text if not don't reply to any number

Had a 4 digit number do the same thing they said "I have my cam on lol" very strange at 3 am. Woke me up going off had to search it.

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