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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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Received a text message from 8032371801,claiming to be FedEx and my package has been postponed,click on the link in message. I did not click it. Just sharing

What do you do if you delete/block them but they keep changing their number and texting you again?

I keep getting these email text messages and they include my child’s name in them, I think that’s someone trying to hack me personally but how would they know my child’s name?

Been getting calls that I owe on my student loan, (mine are paid), they are also saying I was over charged on my utilities and I’m getting a refund, but they person can’t tell me my account number that’s overcharged, he then switched to my cars warranty is up, lol yah I drive a company car. I hang up and not even 5 minutes later a woman calls saying my insurance policy is due, couldn’t tell me if it was for a car or what but tried reverse psychology on me asking me what one I thought it was on, she argued with me for 20 minutes telling me I know what she is talking about and I have to have insurance. Today I got a text message saying they will meet me at 7:15 at a hotel CYA XOXO, but had a email address to click on to cancel. I blocked every number that texts or calls. If I don’t answer the calls I get 10-30 a DAY. Sometimes at 5am and I’ve gotten calls as late as 11:18pm these people are relentless.

I thing I was scammed

I got a text message saying "hello" and that's it from an (812)-307-9702. Is this a scammer? I didn't know what to do so i was gonna text back and ask who it was. What do I need to do?

NOW THE SPAM IS ONLY AN EMAIL ADDRESS LINK...SENT IT TO VERIZON AND GOT AN AUTO RESPONSE OF PLEASE SEND THE TELEPHONE NUMBER

I received a text from (833)-733-0671 saying my ICloud was locked and to click a link (which I did not do) to unlock it. I didn’t click the link or reply but I’m concerned and want to know if there’s anything else I can do to protect my personal information?

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