The Better Business Bureau has been warning consumers to watch out for a text message scam that tries to trick you into giving away your account information. Use the following tips to prepare and protect yourself.
Several mobile service providers will allow you to forward unwanted spam texts by simply forwarding it to 7726 (or "SPAM"). This helps the providers to prevent future unwanted texts from the specific sender.
Doing this will confirm to the scammers that your phone number is valid and you may be targeted for more scams.
Unwanted commercial text messages are covered under the FCC's "CAN-SPAM" act, just as unwanted emails are. Contact the FCC at www.fcc.gov or (888) 225-5322 and the FTC at www.ftc.gov or (877) 382-4357.
Unsolicited means the e-mail or text wasn't initiated in response to an action by you. Do not reply to the unsolicited text or respond by clicking on a link within the unsolicited e-mail message.
Verify the company's actual phone number and use that number instead.
Visit a secure web site or call a phone number that you know to be legitimate.
When entering personal data at a Web site, look for a "locked padlock" in the browser or "https" at the beginning of the site address to make sure the site is secure.
For more information about this scam and how to protect yourself, visit the Better Business Bureau.