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Sketchy text messages likely just that

3 years ago Monday, April 09, 2012 8:14:30 PM CDT April 09, 2012 Monday, April 09 2012 Apr 9, 2012 in News

BATON ROUGE - Recent text messages sent to your phone claim to be offering some sort of prize. But, that's not necessarily the case.

"It might be phishing which is trying to get personal information from you" said Sue Sperry with AT&T.

It's a type of spam targeting cell phones.

"People can use things called scrapers to scrape the numbers" said tech expert Brett Chance. "Or, your number might be pulled randomly after a potential scammer gets an area code and the first three digits of numbers in your area."

"They'll generate 0000 to 9999" said Chance. 

It's hard to stop, and companies rely on you to help. So, report questionable messages.

Officials recommend that that if you don't know who sent the text, don't respond to it.

Customers who have unlimited texts likely won't get charged by their carrier, but customers who don't probably will get charged. So, report the text messages.

Report issues to your cell phone provider, the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357 or the State Attorney General at 225-326-6465

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