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Cheryl Parson: How to avoid falling victim to text scams

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A new “Scam-A-Thon” is traveling around the United States, targeting people via their mobile phones. Unsuspecting victims receive texts that appear to be from delivery services, government agencies, or other trusted businesses.

While the scams themselves aren’t anything new, the “text” method of delivery is a recent and growing phenomenon, known as ”smishing.” Scammers know and understand consumers trust text messages and are much more apt to read and click the mobile links in a text than those in an email. Combine that with the fact that nine people in 10 possess a mobile device and you’ll realize scammers have a pipeline for fraud and identity theft. The bulk of the money that fraudsters generate is not from money sent directly to them, but by criminals emptying bank accounts and charging credit cards to the max, using information gleaned from details the victims have unwittingly provided. Scammers need only a handful of responses…

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