Newbie Texters Beware!!

by maxi

I am one of these newbies. Usually I go astray when given an LBC topic to write about but not this time. ‘Cause when I went adiggin’ I found that what I don’t know about texting could get my butt in a lot o’ trouble (oops).

Newbie 1This is one scam:
“Hey Linda, want to get together later?” You don’t recognize the number but the message is familiar so you answer. Pretty soon you’re in a long, friendly chitchat.

Here’s another ruse:
The text is kinda flirty-like, so you ask who it is out of curiosity. Next thing, you’re blabbing on and on. You don’t realize how long until you see the charges.

Some of the fees get you comin’ and goin’ … receiving and sending. And some of these rates are premium.

I found these tips to be helpful:

•    Do Not respond to a number you don’t know
•    190 numbers can be very expensive
•    SMS and MMS numbers that start with 19 can be expensive
•    If the text is signed, do you know the person
•    Ask a friend if they sent the text
•    You can report a scam through Scamwatch

It’s all about the money for some people … your money.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

My buddies at the LBC have their own tales to tell:
Blackwatertown, Maxi, Gaelikaa,
Padmum, Ramana, Shackman speaks, The Old Fossil

About Maxi

Hi … I'm Maxi, a retiree with an addiction. I have quit: raising kids, cleaning house, cooking, doing laundry—there is no end the list—everything is done on "have to." The addiction? Writing to my last breath. blessings ~ maxi
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