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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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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.

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.

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