There’s a Text Message Scam in Washington County – Do Not Click It!
Residents in Washington County were warned on Thursday about a text message that appears to be from the USPS, but it's really from a deceptive scam artist. And clicking on it is a bad idea.
The message informs the person about a package that needs to be picked up.
It's fairly enticing, and one that could easily confuse some, but clicking on it is a really bad idea. In a Facebook post from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, they warn residents NOT TO DO IT!
"Multiple Washington County residents have received a text scam requesting that the person update their information at a provided link. This is a scam that tries to get your personal information. Don’t fall for it." Washington County Sheriff's Facebook
What happens if you click on the link?
The Washington County Sheriff's provided a link to the United States Postal Service Inspection Services which offered some more intel about this particular type of scam known as "Smishing."
According to the USPS, "Smishing is a form of phishing that involves a text message or phone number. Victims will typically receive a deceptive text message that is intended to lure the recipient into providing their personal or financial information. "
Once they get your personal information, they can pretty much have access to whatever they want.
Here's what the text message looked like that Washington County Sheriff's are warning about:
For more information and to protect yourself and others from consumer frauds, visit their fraud prevention page: www.uspis.gov/tips-prevention/mail-fraud/.
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