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"Smishing" Attacks Hitting Hoosier Cellphones

Last updated on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

(UNDATED) - You’ve likely heard of “phishing” but now a new scam targets your cell phone and it’s called “smishing”.

It happens when you get a text message stating you've won something or asking you to click a link to take a survey, but of course it's a scam. Some people have even reported that when they viewed the text, they were automatically taken to a website and even charged a monthly fee.

Verizon spokesperson Michelle Gilbert says to never click a link from a number you don't recognize and that if the subject of the text message is too good to be true, it probably is.

Gilbert says to report any suspicious texts to your cell phone provider to take care of the problem. She says they can block numbers if needed.

On AT&T phones, you can text the spam message to the short code 7726 to start an investigation.

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