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Texting Scam Alert

August 6, 2013

When a text asks for your Social Security number, it is a scam 

Albany, N.Y. – New York consumer safety officials are warning people not to fall for a scam that targets their cellphone text messages.

The scheme is known as “Smishing," a reference to the combination of SMS messaging and the older tactic called "phishing" -- for personal information.

People pose as financial institutions, utilities or phone companies asking the recipient of a text message to click on a link or call a number and then provide personal information like a Social Security number or a personal PIN.

Legitimate institutions do not ask for personal information.

Real messages can be confirmed by contacting a company through a known customer service number.

Please report any scam attempt to your phone company.

When a text asks for your Social Security number, it is a scam.