scam la plata text message

LA PLATA, Md. — The following warning was recently issued to the community regarding a scam that has been reportedly circulating in the community.

“There’s something “Phishy” going on!

Anyone who received the text message below is advised to NOT respond or click on the link.

Scammers send fake text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information – things like your password, account number, or Social Security number. If they get that information, they could gain access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Or they could sell your information to other scammers.

The scammers use a variety of ever-changing stories to try to rope you in. They may:

• Promise free prizes, gift cards or coupons

• Offer you a low or no interest credit card

• Promise to help you pay off your student loans

• Ask to verify your identity.

Scammers also send fake messages that say they have some information about your account or a transaction. The scammers may:

• Say they’ve noticed some suspicious activity on your account

• Claim there’s a problem with your payment information

• Send you a fake invoice and tell you to contact them if you didn’t authorize the purchase

• Send you a fake package delivery notification

The messages might ask you to give some personal information — like how much money you make, how much you owe, or your bank account, credit card, or Social Security number — to claim your gift or pursue the offer. Or they may tell you to click on a link to learn more about the issue. Some links may take you to a spoofed website that looks real but isn’t. If you log in, the scammers can then steal your username and password.

Other messages may install harmful malware on your phone that steals your personal information without you realizing it.

Remember do NOT respond or click on these links.”

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