Scam artists are texting their victims

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PHOENIX -- Scam artists are getting more sophisticated.

This is somewhat of an old scam and it's been on the Internet for the longest time, but now it's transitioning over to your cell phone.

When Sam Einhorn hears his text message alert go off, he says he gets concerned.

"I think it's terrible that people are getting these notifications," he said.

The notifications Einhorn is talking about comes in the form of a text message and tells the recipient something rather alarming.

The text messages say there has been unusual activity to your bank account and then asks you to call the number provided.

"What they are doing is getting your credit card number and the three-digit security code on the back and then they use it," Einhorn said.

We contacted Sprint, Einhorn's cell phone provider, which says these types of text messages aren't just isolated to Sprint customers.

Sprint issued a fraud alert warning on its Web site so their customers wouldn't fall for the scam.

They also sent 3 On Your Side a statement saying, "Sprint strongly recommends that its customers never share personal information with a third party unless they can verify that the request came from a trusted source."

Einhorn says he feels lucky that he didn't give out any information but wonders how many people have.

"They text, I'm sure, thousands of people and it's easier so they know that one out of 1,000 will call up and give them their credit card number," he said.

Your bank or financial institution will never text you or e-mail you and ask for personal information -- just remember that.