Attorney general’s office warns of new text scam

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is warning residents of a new scam targeting victims through e-mails and text messages.

The office’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has received a number of complaints regarding the scams.

One involved someone getting an unsolicited text message that appeared to be from a legitimate financial institution. The message directed the victim to a website, where it asked her to fill out her bank account information.

“It appears to be a text coming from a reputable financial institution,” attorney general spokesman Jeffrey Johnson said. “These scam artists will change course to try to catch people off guard, so it’s something we’re always mindful of and trying to warn people of.”

Another recent scam involves a message regarding a PayPal order confirmation of a Dell computer purchase. The message said the victim would be charged hundreds of dollars unless he canceled the transaction. He was then asked to follow a link, to a spoof website, and log in with his PayPal account information.

The Bureau of Consumer Protection recommends that consumers never reply to unsolicited e-mails, pop-up messages, or texts asking for personal or financial information.

They also ask that consumers not call any phone numbers contained in any messages or click on any links.

Anyone who believes they may have fallen victim to a scam can call the attorney general’s office in order to file a complaint.

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