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Here’s a tip that’s worth repeating:

Don’t click on a link in a text message you get on your phone that says you’ve won a terrific prize or a gift card. Don’t reply either. It’s probably a scam.

The Federal Trade Commission settled charges with a group of marketers that were part of a scheme that sent millions of unsolicited spam text messages promoting supposedly free merchandise like $1,000 gift cards for Wal-Mart and Best Buy.

People who clicked the links in the messages didn’t get the promised prizes. Instead, they were taken to websites that asked them to give personal information and sign up for multiple offers, often involving purchases or paid subscriptions.

What can you do about unwanted text messages?

  • Delete unwanted text messages that ask you to enter a special code, or to confirm or provide personal information. Legitimate companies won’t send you a text asking for sensitive information.
  • Don’t click on links in the text message. Links can take you to spoof sites that look real but will steal your personal information.
  • Report spam texts to your carrier. Copy the original message and forward it to 7726 (SPAM) free of charge, if you are an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint subscriber.

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The purpose of this blog and its comments section is to inform readers about Federal Trade Commission activity, and share information to help them avoid, report, and recover from fraud, scams, and bad business practices. Your thoughts, ideas, and concerns are welcome, and we encourage comments. But keep in mind, this is a moderated blog. We review all comments before they are posted, and we won’t post comments that don’t comply with our commenting policy. We expect commenters to treat each other and the blog writers with respect.

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March 24, 2017
random text from 313131 saying WE ARE LIVE with a address
March 25, 2017
Husband just received a text on his phone with full name, address with link to click from 218-325-9852. He deleted the text. We are with US Cellular and don't typically have this issue. AND he has been receiving several phone calls over 3 times per day from numbers unknown. He just hits the red button.
Daniel B
April 06, 2017

Text was received from 1 631 892 3350 Asking to verify "WhatsApp" by taping on link v.what..........

April 09, 2017
Today I decided after about 2months I decided to check my email. I got an email that says "I think you will appreciate it *link*" The link had the word news and my email name/my name. The so called sender was named Garry Vancouver, I never knew someone named that and never really told anyone I had an email, no one has asked me either. It also had happen once before to. I almost clicked but decided against it since it was suspicious. I also got weird emails involving sexual related things from some people that I also don't know. Too much weird and disturbing things these days.
April 11, 2017
A scary thing just happened. My brother in law just received a text from an unknown number that contained a picture of me and my son. When he clicked on the photo, a porn video opened. He deleted it without writing down the number. What can we do?
April 14, 2017

What can you do about unwanted text messages?

  • Delete unwanted text messages that ask you to enter a special code, or to confirm or provide personal information. Legitimate companies won’t send you a text asking for sensitive information.
  • Don’t click on links in the text message. Links can take you to spoof sites that look real but will steal your personal information.
  • Report spam texts to your carrier. Copy the original message and forward it to 7726 (SPAM) free of charge, if you are an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint subscriber.
April 28, 2017
what do I do if I clicked on the link in the text message for Comcast and used my id and password?
Scam Buster
May 01, 2017
Text spam: "Last month to reinstate! All you need to do is place a $225 w/s order by the end of this month. Please call if you need help. Dora 910 850 8439"
June 01, 2017
got a text from 518-282-7361 that said my full name, my city, state, zip, 166.38 here now i didn't click on the link but i did report it.
June 12, 2017
Still getting Text from eligibl June 2017
July 09, 2017
What if the text is a job offer from what looks like a personal gmail address with unfamiliar name and they want me to send them my email to completely different email address. How do I know if it's legitimate? What can they do with just my email address?
July 12, 2017
got a text from 1 (360) 215-3583 saying "Bank of America: Message for owner associated with . To continue using your card, please tab to verify your account in 3 steps!
This is annoying
July 19, 2017
I have a screenshot of the text before I deleted it but I have no way to forward it or report it.
August 07, 2017
I've been getting a ton of spam calls for weeks now, but I just got a text from a random number with my name, address, and a link. I forwarded that text as this page instructed, but I'm super scared that whatever person/company sent that knows my address. I'm careful about where I post that information.
Deb (Madison, AL)
August 09, 2017
DON'T CLICK ON LINK: (8-8-17 @ 3:43 pm CST) I just received SMS short code 27367 that has following text: "Worried about Virus and Hackers? Protect your privacy with professional security app rated 4.7 trusted by over 500 million on Google Play." It then gives a link supposedly to Google play. However, not clicking on it nor posting link here, since it's probably got a virus. Don't know who sent, as there is no company name or ID code of any kind. Therefore, counting it as spam & deleting. Especially, after doing a search on it, as apparently this is a SCAM, as I've seen a few negative postings associated with this SMS code on various sites. I FORWARDED THIS TO REPORT TO VERIZON AS SPAM & THEN DELETED IT!
September 17, 2017
November 08, 2017
I received a text from that scam thing but it said ... Stephanie, your Bitcoin account has been credited 1 BTC (5 680.44 GBP), register within 24h to accept the transfer: or Opt out: NO ... I haven't clicked on it though it's temping as Id love to have that money, I'm a young working mother and we all have that needing a Christmas miracle sort of thing so it's very upsetting when I get these things but I will try that free text number An forward it and warn others , thanks for the heads up .
September 23, 2018

In reply to by stuffylishus

The same thing happened to me. I just got a new phone and every other day a number texts me saying Stephanie, you won money or something.
November 27, 2017
I got a random text around 8 this morning from michellepallotta@ and it seemed to be a picture message of some sort. I say 'seemed to be' because I NEVER opened it at all. I have no clue who that is or why they'd be sending me a text. I also know not to ever click on links sent from random email addresses and telephone numbers. And to make things even weirder, there was no phone number whatsoever, only the email address. I immediately added the address to my block list instead. I love how my phone is set up.
November 24, 2017
I did click many times and i burn by those scams and they did got my info and not just mine, but my friends as well. So, i educated my self and now, i don’t download anything, nor going to risky web sites. I encourage everyone who read this info, share with everyone you know. My friend and i, volunteer to put signs next to red lights to aware of those nasty lyers who does not work honestly. At the end, just continue educate your self, who to prevent your data from scams.
December 12, 2017
Is based in the US? If yes, how to wipe them out as I am sick of getting message from them all the time, so far with 1 hr, 3 messages. They have a STOP facility but NO phone no!! What use is that?? Have a great day
January 25, 2018
I got a text from a random number with a link. Didn't click on it because it is just like the spam Identity links from facebook.
January 26, 2018
Rec'd a txt from 1-410-100-001 from Haliburton/Powerball. It was a scam to get me to click their link for millions in lotto winnings.
March 08, 2018
I received a text from 819-432-0740 which read E transfer from Anthony Douglas we do not know this person. I did not click on link, because I did not know this person. There was an website Link included in text on my cell phone I used my computer, it took me to a website which looked like a genuine etransfer site if you were expecting a payment Site said e transfer $250.00 please deposit now, showing a selection of banks to chose from to make your deposit of your e transfer, example CIBC, Scotia Bank To name a few. This will serious compromise others who may click on link. banking password etc. I feel a few people will be scam with this text message. Could you please check into this for me. I am planning to send to the RCMP. I narrowed the number down to A rogers cell number. I am sure you would like to be aware of this. could you please email me back with information regarding this serious issue. Thank You
March 15, 2018
I have a text saying my spouse (name) account has been approved withdraw funds @ hh......
March 27, 2018
I received a text at 3am saying “hi, delete your pictures before they’re posted” with a link.
help please
April 08, 2018
Hi I just got a link and it sent me to this pron site and I was stupid and sent a text should I be worried
May 21, 2018

I received a text message from 619-942-5632 with a link that went to a porn site. This message could juts a easily been sent to one of my grand children or someone's child these need to be stopped

May 22, 2018
stop fighting this page could even be a scam!!!!
May 26, 2018
Do not respond to (410)-110-001
May 30, 2018
Been getting annoying texts that don’t make sense from emails that don’t make sense. This has got to stop!
June 07, 2018
i just got a call in that person say if you had network problm than click 5 than the call is cut
June 07, 2018
So confused got a Random text from a stranger but her whole name showed up. Never met a leander or added her. My phones brand new. How is this possible
June 19, 2018

Rec’d this text multiple times. Good morning, we have an inheritance on your surname, get back to me using your email to: b.a8871@ israelmail. com Complete BS

July 12, 2018
So I got a text from a random person with a link to an email. I clicked on it and replied to them: “ Who is is this? Why did I get this email?”, figuring it was one of my friends. I got an EMAIL - not a text back saying I won 1,000,000 dollars with an link. I didn’t click on it bc I realized that it was actually a scam. I deleted the emails and blocked them on my messenger. Do you think that it was possible that I was hacked or got a virus even though I didn’t click on the links?
July 30, 2018
I have gotten texts from someone that says something like this: “click on this website MANOEL to see single hot ladies!” I get them once or twice a month. What should I do?
August 08, 2018
I got a wierd text that said joshua, (3rd I don't quite understand what this person is telling me anyone else get a text like this
August 13, 2018
So I got these emails and they were saying stuff like you might want to go to bed now and I’m in the icu and like my family says it must’ve been sent to me on accident but my email is super unique and I don’t think they’re right. It’s creepy
September 09, 2018
received text message "how" then another "korman neg ye men" so copied and sent to the 7726 number as instructed above and deleting from my phone.
shyet rosmanni
September 09, 2018
I have received three or four texts over the past few weeks from these 410-100-(xxx) numbers (xxx would mean any combination of digits, though usually starting with 0) All are advertising some BS link or scam. I have reported them to my carrier’s spam. Have replied ‘STOP’ to these texts, but had no luck. Has anyone else had more issues after responding with STOP or BLOCK? My carrier told me to do this. Thanks.
September 13, 2018
I got a text. Not sure what is is or who it is from. Looks like a scam. 872-204-5080. It said they saw my profile on a chat service and am interested. Anyone know what this is about?
October 09, 2018
I received a text from that simply said "Greetings" and also had one of my recent face book pictures attached. Scary stuff
October 17, 2018
Keep getting persistent spam from "Chris". Keeps advertising about winning prizes, etc. Spammer's ID is 567-290-1284. How do I block such messages on a Tracfone smartphone?
November 27, 2018
I got a link but I did not click it instead I searched up, is that bad? Can they still get into my phone?
Cheese bread
December 12, 2018
I received a text from that number that wanted me to go to a link I didn't 1 410 100 - 00 3
December 18, 2018
I keep getting these and this morning I got one and it had my address saying ' my name of my address is a lucky 1 in 5 winners of something and then had a link. I added it to spam numbers but am worried about them having my address.
Don't use your…
January 20, 2019
I am getting regular daily text messages of such from, (217) 207-4399 (760-372-9609) (760) 372-6004 (760) 372-9641 and over a zillion more
February 05, 2019
Just received a text from good old....1(410) 100-001....please people, do not click on anything you don't recognize...ever!
February 21, 2019
Hello my name is ashley its weird my mom got a.text off my phone saying she will be shot and ect.. And i know i didnt text her that and my friend didnt either so i dont know how i can fine out who did it.
October 04, 2019
Why no body do something again this ?