PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today – Have you gotten a text from your own cell number? Don’t fall for it, it’s a scam.
Scammers spoof the caller ID to look like they are texting you from your own number. It’s bound to get your attention and might even cause a panic. But don’t worry, it’s the same tired old scheme where they offer a gift, thank you for paying a bill, or even say you’re late on a payment. They simply want you to click on their link and they’ve got you on the hook.
Clicking a link could expose you to scams, download malware, or get your phone number added to lists that are then sold to other scammers. Your best defense is to ignore the text.
If you want to filter unwanted text messages or stop them before they reach you, the Federal Trade Commission has some suggestions.
And as always, If you’ve been a victim of an online scam, you should report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov
Note: Speaker is FBI Public Affairs Officer Shelley Lynch.
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