Be on the lookout for spam text message

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by Warren Trent

azfamily.com

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 15 at 7:03 PM

PHOENIX -- The Federal Trade Commission says a spam text is making the rounds and is bad news for consumers. Victims may get a text message saying your profile has been compromised and to text back the words "send now" to re-activate your account.

Keep in mind scammers who send the message want to hack your security settings so they can get your personal information.

If you should get one of those text messages, here's what the F.T.C. says you should do:

First of all, don't text back. A legitimate company won't ask you to verify your ID through unsecure channels like text or email.

Don't click any links within the message. Those links can install malware and take you to a fake site in order to steal your information.

Report the suspicious message. If your carrier is AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or Bell, you can forward the text to 7726 free of charge.

And remember you can always file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
 

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