Please pass this along. This is a confirmed cell phone scam being reported to local authorities.
Victim will receive a text message from a local area code stating – “money was deposited in your account”. When the victim replies to the text (typically with… “who is this??”) it creates an automatic authorization for a $10+ messaging charge to be added to your cell phone account EACH MONTH unless cancelled. The suspects are likely overseas and set up false organizations to receive and disperse funds. This type of scam is very difficult to track.
DO NOT REPLY to these type text messages – even it’s from a local area code.
Check your billing carefully. This scam works similarly to authorizing a donation via text message (like Red Cross or other legitimate charities).
Gary T. Calhoun
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department
310 SW Rutledge Ave.
Madison, FL 32340