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SHEN CO Sheriff: New Phishing Scam Going Around

From the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Facebook page: Please be aware of the newest nationwide text phishing scam. Members in our community have begun receiving text messages (from an untraceable number) like the one shown in this post. One of the goals of the sender is to develop a dialog with the victim, make them feel comfortable and then start exchanging inappropriate pictures. The sender then uses these photos to extort money or personal information from the victim. Please note that we have received reports of this scam targeting younger people. We encourage parents to have a conversation with their children in case they should receive this text. Stay vigilant and remember these important tips:

Don’t send inappropriate pictures to anyone you don’t know.

Set your social media profiles to “private” so that only the people you know can contact you.

Don’t give out any personal information to someone you don’t know.

Report any suspected human trafficking to law enforcement or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.

If you get a text message from someone you don’t know wanting to start a relationship, don’t respond and/or block the number.

Read more HERE

Text message SMS scam or phishing concept

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