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WV AG warns students of possible scams

August 19th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says students should be careful about responding to unsolicited text messages they receive from unknown telephone numbers. 
This scam targets young adults by using an unknown phone number to mislead them into responding to text messages. 
“This scam preys upon young adults who typically spend a lot more time on their phones texting than other consumers,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Students are particularly susceptible to this type of scam at this time of year. As they go off to college, they meet lots of people and can quickly make many new friends. Unfortunately, they can easily think a message from an unknown number is simply from a new classmate, only to find a scammer on the other end of the line.”
Sometimes these messages ask a person to call the number listed. After calling that number, the student may be hit with a hidden fee for placing the call, or they could end up connecting with a person who uses high-pressure tactics to try and get the student’s banking information. Other times, these messages include a link that opens a web site that asks for personal and financial information.


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