BBB, FTC say fake text message scams on the rise

 BBB, FTC say fake text message scams on the rise

You’re busy at work or waiting for kids at school, or maybe in the middle of some other daily task, and you get a text from your cell provider, saying they owe you a refund. Great news, right?

Not so much. Respond, and you may become a victim of a scam spreading across the country.

It’s called smishing. Where scammers phish for your financial information by using short messaging through texting, and it can look like the text is coming from any company you do business with.

In a case brought to our attention by Harold from Broken Arrow, it happens to deal with a fake text supposedly from AT&T.

The text said, “We accidentally overcharged your phone bill last month. Kindly your compensation here.”

And then it gave a link to click on to get his refund.

“My cell service is with AT&T,” Harold tells us, “so it caught my attention, and I always get texts from them when my bill is due, and after I pay the bill. But I noticed this text had…

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