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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 keep getting text msgs, number always starts with 831-228-4414 and 831-228-4153 they always say Hi Sonia, call us back. I don't know anyone with that number and nothing I have any bills to starts with the first six numbers. I've already sent them a text the first time asking who this was and never got a response back. Wondering if I should call the number or not even bother seeing how it could be a scammer?

I keep getting text msgs, number always starts with 831-228-4414 and 831-228-4153 they always say Hi Sonia, call us back. I don't know anyone with that number and nothing I have any bills to starts with the first six numbers. I've already sent them a text the first time asking who this was and never got a response back. Wondering if I should call the number or not even bother seeing how it could be a scammer?

In the last two weeks I have gotten random text messages that tell me that I have packages from amazon with a link for tracking, the problem is I don’t shop at amazon, and I have had other text about packages that are to be delivered from other places with links for tracking. The numbers are 1-323-382-5436 / 1-858-650-9309 / 1-714-721-9767 / 1-951-391-4762 and 1-323-580-9667 so keep an eye out

Today I received a text from 877-792-6219.. Text stated "Hello.. (xxx) your account from www. friedrink. com.... with time-stamp 10:23 AM was confirmed as one of our 3 FlNALlST. You can collect it before 7pm...."

I have no idea who this is. Clearly spam /hack.

Be careful

I got a text from 918-557-7715 that said "hi (my name), I'm really nervous, I like u!" So liiiike? Is that a spam? Bc now they aren't replying.

I received a text message from an unknown number so I play a better idea type in the address website that was given in the message on a separate device and found out it's some you win through Google a prize well the way I like it is on today's cell phones you have the option to report as spam and that is exactly what I did whoever however and whyever these robots that call our phones there now texting them also I report this text message I received to the FTC the Do Not Call list and I'm getting fed up with them just like everybody else that makes these comments it is just annoying and I'm fed up

Cell phone text messages from (916) 541-9022, and (858) 335-9291 were spoof alert messages claiming to be from "AMAZON REWARDS" and to click on "k9env.info/IKNBW2FC0h". Do not click on these messages! Came across my phone at 1:34 a.m. First of all, I don't have Amazon Rewards; and secondly, Amazon NEVER sends me text messages which is why I knew this was a set up!

Got a text message from 954-19. Said something along the lines of "Your verification code for Dave is (five or six numbers.) This code will expire in 10 minutes.

A text from 219-402-1833 stating it's name is Jack and wanted to buy my house.....I screenshot it and sent it to my realtor. He said it might be a scammer.

I have never heard of anyone wanted to buy houses by texting homeowners. Have you?

The house is not for sale.

I just got this text. Almost got me cause I order a lot of stuff on the internet. Since they don't say who it is I deleted it and checked the FTC site.
Text from +1(980) 458-9753 Bruce Confirm your delivery
before midnight tonight Accept at qt47e.com/ ebk7x . iL2
Reply Stop to Stop

Several times a week I receive a text with the name Esther.
Esther don't miss out on this special.
Esther last chance to get it at this price.
Esther please confirm your recent Amazon order
Esther last chance to confirm this Amazon shipment.

I probably have received at least 50 text msg, each time I delete and block #, next few days here comes another one from a different # but all from same area code 949

I received this text today and reported to 7726 , t mobile:
office @ pmaav. com / no subject / We tried to manage your last Net-flixPayment, but failed: err. onpy- WeFlUSovBx .afitis- hotel. gr PMAAV. com is an event lighting company in Rhode Island and Afitis Hotel is located in Greece, hence the “.gr” suffix on the link.
I’m not able to connect the dots on who is responsible but the hotel and the company is a start.

They just sent me a message that I've been overpaying my cellphone bill and they want to make it up to me by giving me a new iPhone 11
I had a very strong feeling about the text they sent me was very misleading.

I just got a text that said “ subscribe please, that’s me :) some of your friend are in the videos haha” and then a link. I’m kinda scared

I want to know who is this number registered to so I can put a name225-258-2912

I just received this text from 52405. I have no deliveries outstanding. Does anyone know what this is?

Hi Kate, your order was delivered on 07/04/2020 to the collection point. See where you can pick up your parcel: http:/ /i1x.u s/UI rZ6

So i am getting text messages from random emails and I never dared to touch it I AM SCARED!

hazelherrera4658@ angelmorales4756@
Received 2 inappropriate text messages from these email addresses. I don’t use outlook so what do I do.

I received a text saying my payment has declined and my new iPhone will be returned. I haven’t ordered a new phone

Yes. I received those messages twice. I just ignored it. I did order new iPhone but it was months ago so I was a bit confused. so I called my provider. They said it's a scam.

Just got a text from this number saying it’s pnc bank. Do not click on link! Scam!!

someone texted me from an outlook account by the name susie warren, asking me if they can come see me. I texted back asking who they were and didn't get a reply. I think got a link from another outlook account with random letters sending me a link with random numbers. I need help, i'm scared.

Omgggg me tooo! I have been stalked so this is creepy for me. Also the emails have my children’s names on them but my oldest is 5!! How would they even know her name!?

386-601-8217. "I'm in a meeting right now and can't talk. Let me know if you got this text". Then proceeds to say they can't use the phone but need money transferred right away.

Its been twice I received these text messages. It started with your First & Last Name. This is our final attempt to get a signature on paperwork that needs to be submitted to your local jurisdiction. You need to contact us immediately or you will no longer be able to resolve this matter voluntarily with our office. Contact us as soon as possible at 833-460-0966 file number: 251016.

Anyone ever received this type of text message?

I just got the same message man its a scam

657-315-0558 texted at 4 am saying 5000usd reward |2508.info/my name ,how stupid do people think other people are,of course I'm not clicking that link

I keep getting text messages from email addresses. and they don't make any sense. one was kinda threatening. and the other one was jibberish. I block them as soon as I get them but still creepy. My wife did some research and they are from russia

I keep receiving texts like this:
Only 2 days left to qualify for the $1500 guarantee. This is your final reminder. Don't miss out on this great money making opportunity! Visit drd.sh/ GEx7N a and log in to complete your final steps!

Got a text from 315-504-2790 for interest on account that I do not have.

Got a text message saying hey beautiful this is for you with a link to click on.

I keep getting messages from a FEDex scam. All of them have told me I either missed the courier, or my delivery was unsuccessful (although Ive been home) and I need to reschedule my delivery. I keep blocking the number but im assuming they're using different numbers each time because the messages keep coming.

So i just got a text not too long ago from the number 74843 that said: ALERT:Important message to view visit ibddendeonline, i didnt click the link because i knew it was sus, but accidentally searched it when trying to find out what it was, should i be worried? FYI, immediately blocked the number and deleted the message.

Keep getting text messages from ‭+1 (760) 207-2426‬

I had a text from some random number saying your email went along with your onboarding link if any issues contact ur recruiter then I texted it again and it said I unsubscribed type re subscribe if it was a mistake I unsubbed from a free gamestop thing and wonder what that text is about

I forwarded my spam text to “SPAM” but they did not respond so that I could enter the number.

‭+1 (267) 367-6456‬ Scam. By text message.

Unfortunately I have answered to a text that said I won a free gift card. They have my email address unfortunately. Thanks so much for the update. Very much needed information.

reporting scam link text:

# 855 920 3154

attempting to get me to view a project via a link.

I got a text from someone from my area code at 3am but they don’t speak in any clear words without numbers added, and said they are leaving for Arizona. It’s weird because the number is linked to a McDonald’s store but I’m getting texts from it.

I just received a text that says:
Urgent-Cash-Notice You have 1 pending C@ SH APP request...
I dont use cash app or any similar app. I didn't open the message. What should I do?

I got a text again, this time from a different spoofed number, saying they have a package and for me to click on a link imbedded in the text. 917-853-5862 I5ssv.info/QTuVNYzLw5 They used my first name. I blocked it, I am getting more and more calls each day from unknown numbers, too. I do not answer them and there is no message.

Received a text from 657-436-3441 with my name listed and claiming USPS shipment with a tracking number and a link to see the info. Big red flag! Do not click.

+1 (332) 214-1085 received this text today from this number
Viren, urgent notice regarding the USPS shipment 6H67F1 from 03/26/2020. Proceed to st5v.info/dMCvzRqKui

I’m not expecting a package from 3/26/2020

I recently received a text message from 1-320-325-3226 claiming that their sending me $871.65 USD if I respond back to this text or number

I received this text yesterday
Hi, would you allow BUDLIGHT DRINK to put a small sticker on your CAR,TRUCK, OR MOTORCYCLE? Get $500 Driving with our brand advertisement. Click here to apply: budlight drinkadvert .
I have pretty good internet security protection so I typed the link into my computer (no I didn’t click on the link from my phone) and was able to clearly see that it was an old scam but I have never seen this type of approach. It’s the we will send you a check for you to cash and get a money order to pay the “shipper” or in this case vehicle wrapper scam. I received a in a group text the other 10 numbers it was sent to were all literally 1 number off of mine in sequential order. So if you get a text from (805) 868-6810 just delete it’s DEFINITELY not a legitimate opportunity to earn some extra holiday money (at least legally that is)

nice i never did btw

Got this text message from this number. It says the following. Important: Amazon apologies! Our gift is a iPhone 12 pro. Leave details so we can ship it to you right away: vsdav.info/QMFYEKEaOM6 DON'T click on this. Just posting exactly what was in the text.

I received this message:
saying they are holding $2,000 for me, and they cant hold it much longer. when i tried to copy and paste it here, it only copy TEST. SO THEY ENCRYPT NOT TO BE ABLE TO COPY ONLINE

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