Text Scam Affecting Local Offices

Multiple Agents Targeted

 Safety & Scam Alerts, Fraud Protection

Published Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Warning Sign on Smartphone Display

Many of you are familiar with text messaging scams. Scammers send fake text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information—things like your password, account number or Social Security number. If they get that information, they could gain access to your email, bank account or other accounts. They could also sell your information to other scammers.

As technology becomes more developed, so do text scams and the methods scammers use to defraud targets. Scammers may spoof mobile numbers or claim to be someone you know or have done business with.

MAAR has received word of a text messaging scam that multiple members were exposed to over the weekend. Members have received text messages soliciting money. The texts were sent from a local number purporting to be a well-known member.

Please be aware of these fraudulent attempts. If you receive suspicious texts soliciting money or purporting to be a member of MAAR, don't click on any links or blindly follow the instructions in the message. Instead, we advise you to call that member directly using a number that you know to be real to verify the validity of the message(s).

Your phone may have an option to block or filter messages from unknown senders on your phone, through your wireless provider or via apps. iPhone users have the ability to filter and block messages and Android users are able to block phone numbers and report spam messages directly from your phone. You may also copy the message and forward it to 7726 (SPAM).

The CTIA, formerly known as the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association and the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, represents the wireless communications industry in the United States. Its website lists various options for filtering and blocking unwanted messages based on your wireless provider.

You may also report scam messages to the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. As always, we encourage members to remain vigilant and about fraud and do all in their power to protect themselves and their clients.