BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning people of a new texting scam that has been making it rounds around Western New York.
The BBB says they received several reports over the weekend through their Scam Tracker of a text scam. While it may look innocent, they say it is a scam.
Here is how the scam works, according to the BBB. You get a text from someone claiming they recently met you, hoping that you will reply, even with a ‘sorry, wrong number’. Then, the scammer responds, ignoring your answer and you receive more compliments and photos. They say the scammer is using phony ‘wrong number’ texts to lure unsuspecting people into a conversation, and possibly a scam.
If you engage with the scammer, they could try to trick you into registering for dating or adult websites, and your new “friend” will try to encourage you to sign up for a specific site to see more photos and may involve asking for your credit card number.
The Better Business Bureau office offers some tips on how to avoid these types of scams:
If you have received this scam, you’re asked to report it to the BBB.org/ScamTracker , and you can also read about other scams happening in your area.
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