(CLARINDA) The Page County Sheriff’s Office has received information of a possible text messaging scam.
The Sheriff’s Office says the Page County resident received a text message from a number they didn’t recognize, identified as 1-617-671-5276. The text message stated that they were Iowa’s winner of the day and directed them to go to a website, http://www.wallmart.com.totalgiveawaymadness.com to claim their $1,000.00 prize. It also stated that they must claim their prize within 24 hrs.
The resident called1800walmart (1-800-925-6278), selected the customer (2) service, and the prompt advised that there had been a recent rash of text messages. The Wal-Mart phone service also advised that Wal-Mart doesn’t send text messages. It also advised to call the Federal Trade Commission (F.T.C.) and gave the phone number of the F.T.C.
The resident did not fall for the message, but looked into it and found that it was more than likely a scam to get information from them that could be used to compromise their identity and or financial holdings.
The Page County Sheriff says it is advised that no information be given to someone that contacts you in regards to personal or financial information. With today’s technology, it is a lot easier to be “scammed” than ever before. More than ever, the old phrase “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” should be taken to heart.