The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

June 12, 2012

Avoiding text message scams

By Mark Huffman
ConsumerAffairs.com

— Viruses and phishing scams are quickly moving to smartphones, meaning consumers have to exercise the same caution when they're mobile that they do at their desk.

When you get a text from a source that appears suspicious, the prudent thing to do is assume that it's a scam. These messages usually contain malware and viruses designed to infect your phone and steal personal information.

And because everyone likes something "free," common examples include messages claiming you have "won" a gift card for Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Apple and other national retailers.

Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself:

Story provided by ConsumerAffairs.