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"Smishing" becoming more and more common

Cyber criminals going after victims via text message.

Tech experts say there's a new way cyber criminals are trying to defraud you: "smishing."

Similar to phishing emails, but via text message.

For example, tech expert Nick Francesco received a text message that claims to be from Bank of America, but the one problem, he's not a Bank of America customer.

"We're used to getting texts and now the texts are coming from your bank. There's a problem with your account, please verify you're the account owner give us your account number and pin number," said Francesco.

Francesco told 13WHAM people tend to trust text messages more than emails.

"That's the way to hit the younger generation and most of the younger generation are not as cynical as my generation so they are more likely to respond," said Francesco.

Emily Henninger said she's received a number of smishing messages and it went even a step further.

"I actually got a phone call from somebody saying that I had just called them and they were wondering why I called, and it turns out that somebody was spoofing my phone number," said Henninger.

Ian Allheimer said the smishing texts are easy to fall for. "I actually have a few family members who have done that before and they've been scammed out and had a bit of bitcoin and it's just down hill from there."

Francesco said no legitimate company will ask for private information over a text message or email. He suggests calling the company directly with a known phone number, not the one sent in the text message.

Also, if you suspect the text is a scam, delete it and even consider blocking the number it was sent from.

"Legitimately go through the proper courses of doing it instead of going the wrong way and regretting it further down the line," said Allheim.

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