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Text Message Scam Hits Texoma

Hundreds of Texomans are receiving text bogus text messages. It says you've been chosen to receive a $100 rebate card and to call a toll free number for more information.

But, once you call they want your personal information and credit card number for a small shipping fee.

Colleen James got this text message in the middle of February but thought the whole thing seemed a little too good to be true.

So, she called the 1-800 number listed in the message to find out what this deal was really about.

"She said 'Congratulations and may I have your first and last name and address and cell phone number.' All my personal information," James said.

It was when the woman asked for James' credit card information so she could charge a small shipping fee James knew for certain something wasn't right and insisted to know how they got her phone number.

"At that point, she got rather rude and said we work with many companies and then hung up," James said.

"Basically, what they're doing is stealing your credit card information, charging you fraudulently and taking your money and you get nothing in return," Monica Horton said.

Horton is the president of the North Central Texas Better Business Bureau.

She said they also called the toll free number and found out the company claims to be out of Las Vegas.

The BBB believes this is actually an international scam, which means it is highly unlikely they'll ever be caught.

That's why it's extremely important to disregard the text and not fall victim to this easy money scheme.

"Desperate for money or think we won and it's real but people have to be wiser because everyone is trying to take advantage especially in these times," James said.

If you have received this text and did give out your personal information, call your credit card company immediately and let them know the number has been compromised.

Also, contact the Better Business Bureau to report the scam and be sure to check your statement often.

Better Business Bureau of North Central Texas, Inc.
4245 Kemp Boulevard, Ste. 900
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Phone: (940) 691-1172
Fax: (940) 691-1175

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6

   
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