|Published:||May 03, 2013 7:48 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 03, 2013 7:48 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Congratulations you've won!!! Your prize is an unlimited amount of spam and fraud.
Scammers are now targetting your cellphone. It's called "phishing" where the scam artists send out a blast of text messages and wait for responses.
"Their sole purpose is to get as much personal information from you as possible," Rob Mason, who owns Rob the Phone Doctor in Fort Myers.
But how do you stop them?
Your best bet is to delete. Don't respond.
Many times, the scammers are using a random number generator. They have no idea if the number they're texting is real. For that matter, they also don't care. They know people will respond and then they attack.
"If you respond, 'yes tell me more' then they have your phone number. If they can find your address they'll send you things in the mail," Mason said.
Before deleting the text, major phone companies recommend you forward it to 7726, which spells SPAM.
You can also file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission at fcc.gov/complaints.