Text Messaging and Email Scam Targets Holiday Shoppers

Text Messaging and Email Scam Targets Holiday Shoppers
PIERRE, S.D.-Thursday, December 10, 2015 .

Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers of a text messaging and email scam that entices the consumer to respond to vague shipping inquires. With cyber Monday behind us and the delivery of numerous packages on their way, it is not uncommon for consumers to be watching their doorsteps, email and text messaging alerts for package deliveries. This scam is simple. A vague text message or email appears, asking the consumer to respond immediately in order to get the items delivered in a timely manner. Opening any attachments may expose cellphones to malicious malware or may compromise personal identifying information.

“Consumers need to treat their mobile devices as they would a computer. Avoid opening links, installing apps or open attachments contained within unsolicited emails or texts,” said Jackley. “Scammers are working very hard this holiday season to take advantage of every opportunity to scam consumers,” said Jackley.

Consumers need to avoid opening any attachments that have arrived from unfamiliar cell numbers or email accounts. Be a savvy shopper and keep the shipping details that have been sent to you directly from the company. Most businesses will send a shipment verification email as to where and when items will be delivered. If there is any concern on delivery confirmation, call the business directly to confirm.

If you have any questions regarding this scam, please contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-300-1986 orconsumerhelp@state.sd.us.

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