Police services warn of T-shirt text scam

Several local law enforcement agencies are warning of a new SMS scam claiming to sell branded T-shirts.

So far, the names of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the Oneida Police Department have been used in the scam.

The scam consists of an attempt to sell a t-shirt bearing the official crest of the agency. People will get a text message with the name of the agency, then “shirt $10 off ready to order now” followed by a link. The police are warning people not to click on the link under any circumstances.

“We are not affiliated with this text or the link,” Oneida Police warned. “Please exercise caution when clicking on unfamiliar links.”

The New York Attorney General’s Office warned of a new wave of SMS spam in October last year.

“Most text spam comes in the form of a bogus payday loan offer, free ringtones, or an opportunity to test out a coveted product like the iPhone. Other text messages may appear as an alert that your credit score has changed or that you have won a free gift card. They will often ask you to ‘claim your prize’ or ‘register for the offer’ by clicking on an attached link or by texting back,” the AG’s office wrote in a statement. hurry.

“From there, text spam works much like a traditional phishing scam – falsely claiming to be from a legitimate business established with the intent of tricking you into disclosing personal and financial information that will be used for theft of identity. The link may lead to a website where you are asked to confirm your name and email address, but optionally enter more valuable information, such as your date of birth, mailing address, and/or credit card number. credit. Replying to the text will likely trap you in a paid subscription service,” he added.

The Office of the Attorney General offers the following tips to protect yourself from unwanted text messages:

Do not publish your phone number publicly. Be careful when using online forums, chat features, and social networking sites and tools. If you provide your mobile phone number on your Facebook account, check if you have selected “Share my phone number with my friends”, which may lead to third-party access.

Do not reply to the spam message. Spammers are unlikely to respond to your request to “stop” messages. Replying to the spam number will authenticate your number as an active phone and likely result in more spam.

Be selective when subscribing to legitimate text alerts. Many legitimate companies offer text alerts for coupons, news updates, etc. Because these are often optional and companies may sometimes share information for marketing or other purposes.

Look for any suspicious texts. When you receive an SMS from an unknown or short code number, you may want to search for it on the Internet. If the number is a well-known spammer, the search results
will often include consumer reports about the nature of the scam, law enforcement reports.

Report any text spam to your carrier.

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