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A free iPad?! A $1,000 gift card? And all for clicking on a “YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR A PRIZE” text message you got out of the blue?

According to a recent FTC settlement with a marketer named Jason Q. Cruz, it simply isn’t so. Seems Mr. Cruz sent millions of unsolicited text messages to unsuspecting consumers enticing them with free merchandise. If they followed the links in the text, consumers were sent to third-party websites that collected their personal information and told them to sign up for trial offers to qualify for “free” merchandise. Instead, consumers ended up with recurring monthly charges on their accounts – and the promise of free merchandise ended up being anything but free.

So what can you do when you get unwanted text messages?

  • Delete the text messages. Especially ones that ask you to enter a special code, or to confirm or provide personal information. Legitimate companies don’t text or email to ask for sensitive information like your Social Security number, bank account numbers, credit card and utility account numbers, or passwords.
  • Don’t reply or click on links within the text message. Links can take you to spoof sites that look real but will steal your personal information.
  • Review your cell phone bill for unauthorized charges, and report them to your carrier.

If you are an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint subscriber, report spam texts to your carrier by copying the original message and forwarding it to the number 7726 (SPAM), free of charge.

Comments

Thanks for info

This is happening daily. I delete them & know they are lying and trying to get some personal information, which I will not give over the phone for nobody. These scams are going on as I am typing. Thanks for the alertness.

you should also try adding your number to the Do Not Call directory.

Useful information – I used to get them too but never responded to any of the offers.

Daily but I receive phone calls to my cell from 800-154-3322,800-176-3352, 800-191-1179, to name a few

How to delete my spam messages from off the internet.

I receive a daily text from an unknown individual. How do I stop them? I do not reply,but delete.

Rec'd text from 732-873: Someone else might have accessed Microsoft account c*****@ . Recover at https:// account. live. com

Have been talk to this gentleman he says he’s in Afghanistan I have his number heme But when I call his number I get this Google account this is unreachable or something like thatall the time but lately now he’s he’s one of me to send him $400 to Africa for land that he owns there is always asking me now for iTunes cards he sent pictures to me but doesn’t make me feel right I just need to find out who this person is

I get calls all the time

I got a text saying that I was confirmed to win $17,500 and they need $300 to pay for documentation and clearance. He said it was from playing the powerball and lottery and I have never played with either one. He also said that he is a man of god and would never do that. I told him that he could take the money out of the check and he said only the winners are allowed to open the envelopes and that they are already sealed. I told him to send it to me and I will get it to him and he told me 1. It's for the security and safety of your money. 2. It's exempts you from paying anymore tax to the Government when you get the money. 3. You Won't Be Questioned At All By Authorities On How You Get Such Amount Of Money It Has All Been Settled By Us, So The Fedex Delivery Men Will Come To Your Doorstep. Your Facebook power ball lottery Will Be Delivered To You In Cash

I got a msg today, only states my first name. Tells me
“WINNER NOTIFICATION: Todays 3 tablet's winners: 1st - Kimberly J. 2nd - Selina 3rd - Hank Jr. Read more here: http://vm4.xyz/99yit “
Is it SPAM / Phishing?

I have been scammed like a few months ago this year. And it really scared me. Because the scammers play like they were cops from a Texas and said that I need to pay 100,000 plus dollars or I was going to be arrested. And they wanted my social security number. And asked me all kinds of personal information.

915-245-9251, I won the at&t daily raffle, just block this number if you see it all, scam city!

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