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Texting is the method of choice for COVID-19 scams

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Posted at 8:03 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 11:03:15-04

Fraudsters have been using every platform to steal money for COVID-19-related reasons. But right now texting is what they're targeting.

The people behind "text killer," a new free app that blocks scam messages, said they've flagged thousands of texts. Recent fake messages have focused on contact tracing and other virus information.

If you get a text like this don't reply thinking you're unsubscribing. That just confirms to the scammer your number is active. Also don't click on any links as that could put malware on your phone.

The FTC said people have lost more than $59 million combined from COVID-19-related scams.