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Watch out for text fraud

The News Democrat

Have you recently gotten a text from someone you don’t know, telling you that you have a package or won a prize? All you have to do is click the link in the text to claim it.

If so, you are the victim of a new type of fraud known as “SmiShing”, which is trying to steal information through text messages.

“If you get a text from someone you don’t know, saying to click on a link, it’s a red flag. We recommend consumers go directly to a company’s secure website and not click or use the link included in the text message,” said AT&T Media Relations Representative Mark Giga.

The following information was provided by AT&T regarding “What to do about Robotexts;”

“The unwanted texts come in different forms. Some are spam messages that advertise products and services. Some say there’s a “problem with your account.” They ask you to confirm your payment source or account status by calling and entering information. Others lead you to fake websites. These messages can be more than annoying. They may put you, your personal information or your device at risk.


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