Scammers may offer prizes, claim there are issues with your accounts or notify you of delivery updates in attempts to get you to click on phony links.

Text message scams now outnumber phone call scams, according to a 2021 mid-year report from call-blocking service Robokiller. Texts have been the most common type of scams since August 2020.

VERIFY viewers sent screenshots of text messages they suspected of being examples of scams. Their screenshots showed text messages that began with “AT&T Free Msg” and ended with what appeared to be a shortened URL.

THE QUESTION

Are scammers impersonating AT&T and other companies in text messages?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

Yes, scammers are impersonating carriers like AT&T, as well as delivery services and many other companies, in a scam tactic called “SMiShing.”

WHAT WE FOUND

The FCC says that scammers impersonate all types…

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