Back-to-school scam sends spam text messages on Amazon, credit cards

Back-to-school scams are as hot as new backpacks and sneakers.

Makes sense. Parents and students are busy knocking items off the back-to-school list and everyone is stressed out and distracted during the last days of summer.

Scammers know it’s easy to catch you off guard with fake texts that can include the shocking news that someone placed an order for a big ticket item, say an iPhone, on your Amazon account or Apple account.

Or they might claim that your bank account has been compromised. Or your Visa card is now locked.

Think about it, you might have just ordered a new comforter and sheets for your dorm room from Amazon anyway. Or you’ve been pulling out a credit or debit card for books or other items. A text might not be a complete surprise. But we’re only seeing more signs that the scammers are hard at work impersonating big, trustworthy brand names.

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