Local police warn of text message scam

Published: Apr. 20, 2020 at 3:39 PM EDT
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Local police are warning Michiana residents not to click on a malicious text message that claims you won a $1,000 gift card.

From the Michigan City Police Department:

Recently, a new version of an old scam has resurfaced. The scam involves you receiving a test message, commonly from a number you do not recognize, indicating that you did not open your door when a $1,000 Walmart gift card was delivered to your residence.

The text includes a link which states, “Claim it now”. Please DO NOT clink on the link! The link will either direct you to a site in order to put in your personal and/or financial information, or the link can allow malware to be installed on your device. Either way, the text is a malicious scam sent out in order to collect your personal data and steal your hard-earned money!

Michigan City Police Department’s own Sgt. Rodriguez received a text with this scam on his department issued cell phone. This goes to show you that the scams are random and that scammers will send out their scam to everyone and anyone in order to defraud you.

Please be cautious and never click on any links, open any emails, and NEVER provide any of your personal information to someone over the telephone that you do not know or trust. Most legitimate companies will never ask for your bank account information over the phone, let alone unsolicited.