Text Message Scams

In today's day and age people text more than they talk to each other. So it wouldn't be unusual to receive text messages for leads. However what better way for a fraudster to scam someone; you don't have the face-to-face contact that you once had, you don't have to talk to anyone and you can use a phone service to send text messages for you. What can be done to avoid these types of scams.

Here are some tips to help protect you from mobile phone scams involving text messages.
  1. Don't respond to text messages from telephone numbers that you do not recognize.
  2. Be careful of telephone numbers beginning with 190. These numbers have high rates for text messages that are sent and received.
  3. Contact your telephone carrier, they should know if the telephone number in question comes from a premium rate service.
  4. If you want to play it safe, ask your telephone carrier to place a limit on the number of text messages that you can receive or send to a premium rate service.

If you have been the victim of a text message scam please file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or share your story with this blog. The more experiences that are shared, the better we can understand the scam. The more information is shared the better chance we have at preventing on-line fraud. Until next week stay safe.

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