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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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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.

After updating my phone to the newest version I got a text from bit.ly responding to something I had said to Siri... how did it know? I'm very freaked out.

I did too, but was that they could see me. I shut off all access to camera on my apps. very concerning

I've gotten a few, starting at like 3am- "can u hop on here real quick 2 chat" "can we chat for a few pls..jump on here" etc. Really irritating and would like to make sure this is able to be blocked

I've gotten two of these since yesterday. One at 3am.

I just got the same one, I just purchased this phone its a galaxy note 4, have u done anything new downloads sign up for anything were are trying to find the source

I've gotten the same thing! But it's not from a number it's from letters. I would like to know how to stop this

Also just received one front an sms sender Bit.ly asking if I can "come on here real quick pls, I need to talk to you"

Just received a text from bit.ly that said, "can u hop on here real quick to talk pls"
After reading these comments I just went ahead and deleted the message

I just received a text from bit.ly also. I just received s new phone. I just shut off my Read messages so they probably know I read it. Same sort of message "can you hop on here real quick to talk pls" weird because bit.ly appears like I have it in my contacts. Even went to their "i" contact info and there is a phone icon. Won't click on it so I can't tell you the phone number listed under that contact. Will it do me harm if I keep this message on my phone til I go to the Verizon store tomorrow to report this? I've shut off me READ messages now. Don't like this. Help please.

got the same message as Matt. Very weird. I'm sure my fiancée panicked for a min too - I would have if I would have seen a text like that on his phone. Wish the was a way to track.'im gonna look into it.

Same problem at 3 a.m. this morning that "Matt October 5, 2016" reported.

Just got the same message as Matt, from "bit.ly". "can we chat for a few pls. when you get on". I just deleted it. It's like all of those robo-calls on my landline. Missed calls but no messages. (Well, dead air, but that's my machine.) If they REALLT want to talk with me, they should leave a message. LOL

I just received a text from bit.ly saying "can u get on here and hit me up" i asked who it was, but then realized that the number is 6 digits long.

I recieved something from sexual from bit.ly twice now.this one let me know if u can see me ok Im freaked out

I've gotten amessage from bit.ly/2dysc11 a couple of times saying:hmu when u get on here...

How can I Block them on my Samsung S7 edge? Anyone?

A FEW DAYS AGO AT 6:30AM. MY HUSBAND RECEIVED A TEXT FROM... bit.ly/ it said this... hmu when u get on here

I just got a text from a 262 222 5062.....it had the name of one of my FB contacts asking if I got an invitation from this person 22 seconds ago and it said veiw private profile with a"tiny url" address and a picture of a red box with a white flame....what is that

I just got this too, super weird, don't click it.

Hmmm... 262 area you say? That's Wisconsin (Milwaukee) area code... I really don't know because I haven't really ever heard Wisconsin scam complaints before... :/

My friend contacted me to say the same thing happened to them re: tinyurl.com. She got a text from a TN area code number that she didn't recognize (I didn't k ow it either) and it said that I (using my full name) had sent her an invitation to view a tinyurl.com link. Clearly it wasn't from me. Unfortunately, she clicked on it and she said it was some very lewd, inappropriate material! Kinda freaked out now!

I just received a text message from 410-513-9836 stating I was selected as a lump sum winner of one million dollars. Ok ummmm no thanks!!! I sent the text message to 7726 and they responded back with a message stating: "Thank you for reporting spam. Please reply with the sender's number. Messages sent to 7726 are shared with security providers to help prevent spam". I sent back the number and got another message "Thank you, we appreciate your assistance. To immediately block messages from this sender please visit VZW.com>My Verizon>Block Calls and Messages.

I keep getting text messages saying to "reply to this to receive 779.00" note:it is not a link simply a text they ask me ti reply to. I haven't done it but curious what this is. Im sure that's the basis if the business ti peak people's curious side. Any clue ehat this is?

My husband just got a text message that said Hello Dave (his name) you have received an invitation from - my full name - (my first, my maiden & my married name) 3 seconds ago to connect now http:// securevidboxx. com/ fin4vj45. The funny part is that I was standing right there while he received the message so it OBVIOUSLY wasn't from me. Now I'm worried.

I just got one that says the same thing but from a random facebook friend that doesn't have my number. It wanted me to go to http:// securevidboxx. com/ fln4vavw.

Very similar experience to that of Inspctrgrl34. I got a text message on my cell supposedly from an old friend LK who lives in WV. From: 406-668-4054 Hello R you have received an invite from LK 4 minutes ago to connect now http:// securevidboxx. com/fln4twz6. My friend LK doesn't know anything about this. When I pasted the web address into a search engine it did not come up with any matches. Very odd.

Very similar to Inspctrgrl34, also from my significant other.. TXT said, "Hi (my name) you have an invitation from (SO name) 6 minutes ago to connect now" then it had a link to securchately.com

My whole family received a strange message to get something from an "appstore. com/ mustknow". Scarey is they know all the our names 15706898925: mr xxxxxx, a friend wants to ask you a question on Mustknow, the anonymous Q&A app. Get it here: https:// appstore. com/ mustknow

Wasn't Obama supposed to fix this and the "do not call list" -- neither of which works. Oh but all the homeless people now have free healthcare, while working people's premiums go thru roof. We're still in Guantanemo, Afghanistan, Iraq, wasting billions rebuilding countries that hate USA while our country crumbles. What a legacy.

Did anyone ever figure out what the source is and how to stop the messages? Specifically for the "x mins ago to connect" one that specifically says their name and your full name? A random one was just sent to my coworker. I don't understand.

I got a text message some time ago and then another one this morning which gives my gf's alias and my physical address in the message, then a hyperlink to follow which I did not do. (internet safety 101)
I checked out the site using my unsynced tablet and it was a custom made page which greeted her by her known alias. The site purports it to a tax debt relief service. I showed it to my gf and now we are both creeper out.

"You were just mentioned on UChat by someone from your school! See who!" with a link, apple.co etcetc. Fishy.

Just had the same thing happen to me. Do not call the number or click the link. Scam alert

They knew my nickname, that only my friends call me!

I keep getting texts just saying my first and last name with my address.. then there is a link. I have not clicked on it. But it's very scarey.

I received a text that said Hi, I'm Ann Mcdermott. I want to donate to you. for info contact my private email- then a link to the email. On a different device I emailed asking what that was about, which was probably unwise of me. Instead of a number from the text it was like a username from nycap. rr. com and the username was a bunch of numbers. Freaked me out, anyone know what this is about? Advice?

I got the same one, except mine said Toni Fish was the name used, same message and same text username. I also emailed back from a separate device? should I be worried?? I did not click the link to the email address in the text. but I am worried since I emailed from my home desktop....

I get random texts from strangers who claim they saw my ad and seemingly just want to chat. We exchange texts pretty much talking about nothing. Funny thing, I don't have a personal ad, but I just go with it for a few minutes. I think it's my ex. When I call the numbers, the person doesn't pick up, I get their TextMe or TextNow voicemail.

Reported to 7726 - getting texts and calls the last 48 hours, not sure what got the ball rolling. I have not updated the Don't Call list in years

I entered into a survey thing and it asked for my address so i did and they called me and told me I won and asked how old i am and stuff Im really scared

random text from 313131
saying WE ARE LIVE with a bit.ly address

Husband just received a text on his phone with full name, address with link to click from 218-325-9852. He deleted the text. We are with US Cellular and don't typically have this issue. AND he has been receiving several phone calls over 3 times per day from numbers unknown. He just hits the red button.

Text was received from 1 631 892 3350 Asking to verify "WhatsApp" by taping on link v.what..........

Today I decided after about 2months I decided to check my email. I got an email that says "I think you will appreciate it *link*" The link had the word news and my email name/my name. The so called sender was named Garry Vancouver, I never knew someone named that and never really told anyone I had an email, no one has asked me either. It also had happen once before to. I almost clicked but decided against it since it was suspicious. I also got weird emails involving sexual related things from some people that I also don't know. Too much weird and disturbing things these days.

A scary thing just happened. My brother in law just received a text from an unknown number that contained a picture of me and my son. When he clicked on the photo, a porn video opened. He deleted it without writing down the number. What can we do?

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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