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Text Scammers

Text Scammers     

       Scammers and their scams have always closely follow new trends and the recent scams involving text messages is a perfect example of that closeness  The latest scam involves using cell phone text messages to obtain personal information

            These identity theft 'phishing' schemes have now migrated from e-mail to text messages.  The phony messages typically alert consumers that their bank or credit card information has been compromised and request that they call a toll-free number to correct the problem.  Consumers who call the scam number are asked to provide their account number, password of PIN number, leaving them vulnerable to ID theft.  The identify thieves then use the victim’s information to access bank accounts or open credit cards under the false identity.

            The text messages that appear to come from banks, credit card companies or other legitimate businesses are among the latest tools that thieves are using to trick consumers into giving up vital personal information."

            Remember the following tips to prevent unwanted 'spam' or scam text messages.

              Be careful when asked for your telephone number.  Giving your phone number can lead to unwanted calls and messages. 

            Never respond to an unsolicited test message.  It only lets the sender know they've reached a working number and may lead to more messages. 

             If your wireless provider bills you for an unsolicited text message, contact them and ask them to remove the charge or give you a credit. 

            If you do not wish to receive any text messages, consider asking your cell phone provider to block all text message services for your phone. 

              In North Dakota, report messages that are deceptive, offensive or advertise illegal products or services to

Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division
4205 State St.
P.O. Box 1054
Bismarck, ND 58502-1054
Toll free: 1-800-472-2600
TTY: 1-800-366-6888 (Toll free)
Fax: 701-328-5568
E-mail: ndag@nd.gov



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