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 Post subject: New Attempted Scam via Text Messages Now To My Phone
PostPosted: Jul Wed 21, 2021 7:38 pm 
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I have been getting a new and different text message every day saying that my package is out for delivery and it has a URL link in the message. Since I am not expecting a delivery....

It is difficult but I have found out how to block them too. Mind you, there are several people in the distribution list!!!

Click on the link.... Yes, click, click, click.....

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 Post subject: Re: New Attempted Scam via Text Messages Now To My Phone
PostPosted: Jul Thu 22, 2021 1:10 am 
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My friend just this afternoon got a text message saying "Information needed!" with a legitimate US Government link (ending in cdc.gov or similar, definitely legit), but followed by "reply STOP to opt out". I told him "DON"T REPLY!!!". I knew that first one was real (if useless) but if he replied in any way, THEN the bad ones would start and keep coming forever.

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 Post subject: Re: New Attempted Scam via Text Messages Now To My Phone
PostPosted: Jul Thu 22, 2021 1:24 am 
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never click on those links.
they can lead to malware payloads or phishing attempts.


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 Post subject: Re: New Attempted Scam via Text Messages Now To My Phone
PostPosted: Jul Thu 22, 2021 2:12 am 
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I get ones that tell me to complete my unemployment claim in Illinois.

I live in Florida

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 Post subject: Re: New Attempted Scam via Text Messages Now To My Phone
PostPosted: Jul Thu 22, 2021 2:44 am 
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kc8adu wrote:
never click on those links.
they can lead to malware payloads or phishing attempts.

Very definitely good advice. It was just really odd that he got a non-malware link in the message, that is how I -knew- the "reply STOP" part was the actual "phishing" atempt in the message.

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 Post subject: Re: New Attempted Scam via Text Messages Now To My Phone
PostPosted: Jul Thu 22, 2021 4:13 am 
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OK, you want to know the amount of these damned messages I get?
Some of these are pretty obscene. I redacted the worst one.


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 Post subject: Re: New Attempted Scam via Text Messages Now To My Phone
PostPosted: Jul Thu 22, 2021 4:15 am 
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Wow, just wow :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: New Attempted Scam via Text Messages Now To My Phone
PostPosted: Jul Thu 22, 2021 9:44 am 
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oldradio99 wrote:
I get ones that tell me to complete my unemployment claim in Illinois.

I live in Florida

:)

Well then you're simply gonna have to uproot and move to Illinois... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: New Attempted Scam via Text Messages Now To My Phone
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fifties wrote:
Well then you're simply gonna have to uproot and move to Illinois... :wink:

Or just get a job.


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 Post subject: Re: New Attempted Scam via Text Messages Now To My Phone
PostPosted: Jul Thu 22, 2021 12:44 pm 
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fifties wrote:
oldradio99 wrote:
I get ones that tell me to complete my unemployment claim in Illinois.
I live in Florida
:)

Well then you're simply gonna have to uproot and move to Illinois... :wink:

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fifties wrote:
Well then you're simply gonna have to uproot and move to Illinois... :wink:

Or just get a job.


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OK, you want to know the amount of these damned messages I get?
Some of these are pretty obscene. I redacted the worst one.

Well Jay, I am glad that I have not gotten that many! Your number must really be out there!!

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 Post subject: Re: New Attempted Scam via Text Messages Now To My Phone
PostPosted: Jul Fri 23, 2021 1:26 am 
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Has to be! That is just in the past couple of months with my new phone.

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