AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning people to stay vigilant for a new scam targeting text messages.
According to Paxton, scammers are now sending messages containing a fraudulent link and false delivery information for a package.
Typically, the message will say that there is a pending delivery and to receive it, the recipient must “claim ownership” by providing personal and credit card information, Paxton said.
Anyone who receives a questionable message should:
- Not click on any links.
- Not respond to or share the message.
- Not give out any personal, financial or other information that could reveal your identity.
- Delete the message and block the number that sent it.
Shipping companies will not contact customers via text message regarding issues with a package, Paxton said.
Any unsolicited message containing a link or claiming to be from a company you have not contacted should be considered suspicious and be treated with caution.
People can report suspected fraud by calling 1-800-621-0508 or by filing an online complaint at Texasattorneygeneral.gov/consumer-protection/file-consumer-complaint.