Beware of friendly texts from an unknown number, warns Connecticut Better Business Bureau – NBC Connecticut


The Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut wants people to be wary of a text you might receive from the wrong number.

“It’s almost like they met you at the bar the night before.” They send this text and you’re like, ‘Do I know this person? I feel like I know this person,” said Kristen Johnson, director of communications for BBB of CT.

The nonprofit says messages can start with something friendly, “Thank you for supporting me” or “What’s up, you probably don’t remember me, but…”

CT’s BBB says that in three days last week, three people in our state reported this phishing scam and they are also seeing it happening across the country.

They say that if you sign in or even rewrite a “wrong number”, a bot keeps sending you links to inappropriate sites or tries to steal your information.

“The best advice we can give you is don’t engage, don’t even answer and say, ‘That’s the wrong number.’ Just delete it. Just swipe and delete,” Johnson said.

BBB said these scammers potentially have the technology to steal your phone contacts and continue to scam your friends as well, so avoid even opening the unknown text.

BBB tips to stay safe from romance/phishing scams

  • Never click on an unsolicited text or email.
  • Delete the message.
  • Take a screenshot of the text and share it with local law enforcement.
  • Be skeptical. Strangers on the Internet can impersonate anyone.
  • Check for spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Protect personal information and photos.
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