This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), issued a warning that there has been an increase in reports of people receiving text message scams. Most of these text messages appear to come from well-known companies. They may be offering a reward, a warning of fraud, or information about a delivery. The messages differ but ultimately, all want the same thing, your private information, and your money.
The best way to protect yourself? Never use any phone number or links contained within the text. If you are concerned that the text message may be legitimate, contact the company using a phone number or website you know to be real.
If you receive a phishing text message, report it.
Step 1: If you have received a phishing text message, forward it to SPAM (7726)
Step 2: Report the incident to the FTC at reportfraud.ftc.gov.
For more information about phishing, please visit ftc.gov/phishing.
Sources: consumer.ftc.gov, ftc.gov/phishing. This content brought to you in partnership with AgeWell Middle Tennessee. AgeWell Middle Tennessee champions informed and positive aging and serves as the area’s catalyst for collaborative solutions. Visit their website to learn more about the work they are doing and how you can get involved. Stay scam smart on social media.