Missouri Attorney General Warns Against Text Message Gift-Card Scam

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 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -Missouri’s attorney general is warning people to beware of text messages claiming they have won prizes like Walmart or Costco gift cards. Attorney General Chris Koster says the text messages offer prizes such as gift cards, but when people click on a link there is no actual prize. Instead, Koster says the link automatically infects the cellphone with malware that lets identity thieves access personal information.

Koster says his office has been getting a lot of reports about illegitimate text messages promising free gift cards. He says people should never open a link in a text message or email unless they know the sender very well.