KETR Local
6:29 am
Tue February 3, 2009

Text message scam hits area

Commerce – You've heard of phone and email scams. You can now add text messaging to that list. Police at Texas A&M University-Commerce are warning residents of a text message scam to have recently surfaced.

Messages are being sent to area cell phone customers from an unknown sender regarding the "suspension of your bank ATM Card" which urges the receiver to contact a provided number "immediately". These text messages are fictitious and are an attempt to gain your personal identifying information when you contact the number provided in the text.

Crime Information Officer Jason Bone says the scam appears to affecting mainly customers who use Sprint.

University Police want to remind you to be very selective to whom you provide your personal identifying information. Receiving unsolicited text, email, and phone messages from banks, business, charities, and other type companies are commonly used to gather such information.