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Text Scams

Text scams come in all sorts of flavors, but they typically try to trick you into giving away personal information or clicking on malicious links. Here are a few common examples:

  • Fake Delivery Notifications: These messages claim to be from delivery companies like UPS or FedEx, about a package you need to reschedule or pay for. They’ll often include a suspicious link.

  • Smishing: This is phishing (trying to steal information) via SMS. Scammers might impersonate your bank, a government agency like the IRS, or even a friend or family member in need. They’ll try to create a sense of urgency to get you to respond or click a link.

  • Phony Prizes and Awards: Texts congratulating you on winning a contest you never entered, with a link to claim your prize.

  • Suspicious Account Activity: Texts warning about fake account closures or unusual activity on your bank account or credit card. They’ll often pressure you to call a fake customer service number or verify your information through a link.

  • Refund Scams: These messages promise a refund for an overpayment you made, but require you to click a link to claim it.

Remember, scammers are good at what they do. If a text message seems too good to be true, it probably is. Here are some tips for staying safe:

  • Don’t click on links in suspicious texts.
  • Never give out personal information through text messages.
  • Be wary of messages creating a sense of urgency or panic.
  • If you’re unsure about a text that seems to be from a legitimate company, contact them directly through a phone number or website you know is real.

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