AT&T Says Text Message Is A Hoax

If you're an AT&T Wireless customer you probably received an unusual text message Friday.

The text was similar to a chain e-mail letter offering customers a $60 credit if they forwarded the message to 10 other people. The problem is that it was all a prank.

AT&T tells us they did not authorize the spam text message and are calling it a hoax. Heather Clary with the Better Business Bureau says as technology evolves so do the scams.

AT&T says if you did receive the text message just delete it. We're told no accounts were compromised because of the hoax. AT&T did tell us standard text rates will apply to the message so you could be out some money if you do not have an unlimited text plan.


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  • by jo Location: miller on Oct 14, 2009 at 04:16 PM
    Happening again
  • by Dave Location: Central IL on Dec 3, 2008 at 05:06 PM
    It is happening on Verision cell phones also
  • by JHR Location: Lexington on Jun 3, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    Actually seems like ATT benefited from this the most....maybe THEY started the hoax to get money from all the fools who did send it to 10 people AND all the people that received the text in the first place...10 cents a text really adds up when you send it to ALL your customers!
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jun 2, 2008 at 06:03 PM
    There's a sucker born every minute, and everyone who forwarded this just got suckered! I will repeat what I've said before, if it is unsolicited and sounds too good to be true, IT IS! No company in this economy is going to purposefully give you money for any reason.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jun 1, 2008 at 08:01 PM
    It's not a hoax! I got my $60! Woo Hoo! Oops, that was off of a lottery ticket. Sorry...
  • by Becky Location: Lancaster on Jun 1, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    I don't think any cell phone company should charge people for INCOMING texts messages. Sure, charge us if we send a text, but why should we have to pay to receive them? If I send something through the US Postal system I have to pay the outgoing postage, but do I have to pay for anything that's coming into my mail box? No, because the person who sent it to me already paid for it. That's how it should be.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jun 1, 2008 at 06:12 AM
    And the last line in the text message is what really fooled folks, it read: This is not a hoax, lol".
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jun 1, 2008 at 03:29 AM
    I blocked text messages on my phone. I used to text alot but when the prices changed I decided a phone call was cheaper.
  • by PAT Location: LESLIE COUNTY on May 31, 2008 at 08:31 PM
    WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THE TEXT , WE DIDNT AUTHORIZE IT EITHER!DON'T SEEM FAIR, DOES IT?
  • by Jamie Location: Winchester on May 31, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    I heard about this I kind of had a feeling it was some sort of a hoax. Glad we got this straightened out!
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