Text Scam

Some of you are receiving texts from “me” from a 501 area code. What can you do?

Here are a few tips that can help you avoid texting scams:

Keep your guard up

Do not respond to texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.

Never share sensitive personal or financial information by text.

Think twice before clicking any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren’t hacked.

If a business sends you a text that you weren’t expecting, call them to verify its authenticity using the number on your bill or statement, or look up their number online.

Remember that government agencies almost never initiate contact by phone or text.

Report texting scam attempts to your wireless service provider by forwarding unwanted texts to 7726 (or “SPAM”).

File a complaint with the FCC.

If you think you’re the victim of a texting scam, report it immediately to your local law enforcement agency and notify your wireless service provider and financial institutions where you have accounts.

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