Consumers Lost $86M to Fraud Originating in Scam Texts


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Day and night, fraudulent texts messages bombard our mobile phones. The cybercriminals to blame for these illicit texts pretend to be from government agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service, megaretailers like Amazon and Costco, and even major banks.

Don’t let these crooks steal your money or data — or worse, infect your smartphone with malicious software. Let’s start with the key ways to stay safe:

1. Do not respond to suspicious text messages. Don’t even reply by messaging “STOP” or “NO.”

2. Do not click on hyperlinks or attachments in suspect messages.

3. Take steps to filter unwanted messages or block them before they reach…

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