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Lethbridge Police warning of texting scam “smishing”

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Lethbridge Police are asking the public to be wary of unsolicited text messages that claim to be from their bank, cell phone carrier or other seemingly legitimate sources.

“Smishing” – the SMS text message equivalent of email phishing scams – is prevalent and LPS are aware of several residents who recently received messages that appear to be from their cell provider. The scam texts indicate the victim has overpaid their monthly cell phone bill and must click the link in the message to deposit their refund.

The scam texts indicate the victim has overpaid their monthly bill and must click on a link in the message to deposit their refund.

To avoid being victimized, do not reply to any spam text message, don’t give out any personal information via text and don’t click on links in your text messages as doing so could potentially compromise your device.

Lethbridge Police stress to not follow the link in the photo posted with this story as it’s an actual scam link and could compromise your device.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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