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Criminals send faux AT&T message in latest texting scam

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Don’t fall victim to scammers trying to take your money or personal information.

Thieves often send fake texts trying to steal information like passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could access your email, bank account, or social media accounts.

Texting scam example from the Fort Myers Police Department.

Scammers who steal information often sell it to other criminals.

Keep an eye out for these four common signs to avoid falling for a scam.

  1. Scammers pretend to be from a recognizable organization — Criminals might use a real name, like the Social Security Administration, the IRS, or Medicare, or make up a name that sounds official. Others might pretend to be from a business, like a utility company, a tech company, or even a charity asking for donations.
  2. Scammers mention a problem or a prize — They might claim you’re in legal trouble or that you…

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