CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. – We’re always on our smartphones so it’s easy to let our guard down, opening the door for scammers.
Now, our cash and identity can be at risk just by clicking on the wrong text message.
The Camden County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about a scam text message being sent to local cellphones.
“I think that(s) (what) was so great about having a home phone number — you didn’t have to deal with that during dinner time,” Autumn Spencer said.
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“I probably got a list of seven (numbers) that I kept blocking,” said Christopher Peters
The Sheriff’s Office says scammers are targeting people with a text posing as their cellphone carriers.
T’onna Peters says she received a similar text message on her phone this week.
“I have and I just ignored it, I told him, and I just didn’t click on it,” Peters said.
“Where I work, they give us training on cyberscams and most of the time I get the phone calls because my cellphone number is a Tennessee number.” Peters added.
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The text messages says there’s a billing issue and that people need to click the attached link to update their information.
Instead, the Sheriff’s Office says, the link gives scammers access to information they shouldn’t have.
This is exactly what happened to Christopher’s close friend.
“I had a shipment years ago where he we was deployed and his wife fell for one of those scams and ended up paying, like, $300 thinking she was going to get money back in return but lost it,” Peters said.
One in 10 people are victims of fraud every year according to the Better Business Bureau.
“Nine out of 10 people in my opinion are just amazing and trustworthy and friendly and looking out but you got that 1 percent that’s just sometimes isn’t nice as the nine,” Autumn explained.
The sheriff’s office says if you’re a victim to call them at 912-510-5100.
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