Michigan Attorney General Warns Public About Smishing Scam

Michigan’s Attorney General Office is warning everyone about a new scam involving text messages.

Bill Schuette’s office says the new consumer alert involves smishing.

It happens when a scammer sends you text messages that appear to be from someone trustworthy.

The goal of the scammer is for you to respond over text message with personal information or for you to click on links that include viruses.

The Attorney General’s Office says these fake text messaging scams are on the rise because smartphone users are three times more likely to fall for them.

How to Spot Smishing Scams

It is important to look out for the following:

  • A text message that appears to be your bank and states there is a problem with your account. A phone number is listed for you to call right away;
  • A text message from an unknown sender asking for you to call a number, click on link or respond with personal information;
  • A text message that reads: “REAL ROLEX 90% OFF, click here.”; and
  • A text message that says, “click here,” enter “x,” or reply “stop” to opt out of future messages.

How to Prevent Smishing Scams

  • Don’t respond to any suspicious numbers. Instead once you report it, delete the text and block the number;
  • Don’t share your phone number unless you know the person or organization well;
  • Beware of the fine print in user agreements for products or services that may use your phone number, like mobile apps and free ring-tone offers;
  • NEVER follow a text’s instructions to push a designated key to opt out of future messages; and
  • Report scam texts to the Federal Communications Commission online, by phone 888-225-5322; or by mail: FCC Consumer Complaints, 445 12th Street S.W., Washington D.C. 20554.

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