Text Message Scam

POSTED: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 7:20am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:25pm

Cell phones are used by many of us to stay connected, but now scammers are using them to get your personal information.

Newschannel 9 viewer Franscisco Perez called our newsroom after getting a suspicious text message on his cell phone.

"It said my credit account had been frozen, please call this number. I saw the number, but I noticed it didn't have the credit union name, so I said something's fishy here. I decided not to call it," he says.

Franscisco went to his bank for some answers and they confirmed it was a scam.

"They said not to answer them if possible and if you do answer, don't give them any account numbers," Perez tells us.

We got a copy of the text message and called the number to see what would happen. There was no answer. We got a recording, but when these calls do go through, the Better Business Bureau says they can be very dangerous.

"When these people call, they have to verify their information by giving their account number, pin number, expiration date and this opens the door to identity theft, " Annabelle Estrada, with the BBB explains.

With so many people owning cell phones these days, the BBB says they expect these types of text messages scams to stick around for a while. So if you do get one on your phone, the BBB recommends you ignore the text message and delete it from your phone.

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