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Smishing is when scammers send text messages pretending to be from trusted sources. The goal is to get targets to respond with personal information like passwords and credit card details or to click on links that install malware. It is just like phishing that uses emails; instead smishing uses texts .
A common smishing tactic is to send a text warning about a fake problem with one of your accounts and ask for your information. Some scammers will pitch offers too good to be true or even promise free gift cards or trips. Do NOT respond! You may get malware or become an identity theft victim.
If you are an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or Bell subscriber, you can report spam texts to your carrier by copying the original text and forwarding it to 7726 (SPAM), free of charge.
To file a consumer complaint or get additional information, contact the Michigan Department of Attorney General:
Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 30213 Lansing, MI 48909 517-373-1140
Toll free: 877-765-8388 Online complaint form