BBB warns of text messaging smartphone scam

Scammers are starting to target smart-phone users because they can get results--and your money--quicker than ever, the East Texas Better Business Bureau said Monday.

The BBB's Kaylen Burgess urged caution regarding texts promising that you've won a gift card or an iPad.  Those messages are usually from a number that's shorter than a normal phone number and they ask you to click on a link that's designed to drop extra charges right into your phone bill.

"It can download different things to your phone," Burgess said. "It can open up different browsers that have lewd content on them. Lots of different things can happen so you just have to be really careful with what you're opening on your phone."

Burgess said if you receive a suspicious text message you should delete it immediately.


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