BBB warns of texting scam in Twin Cities metro 02 Feb 12

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning residents of the Twin Cities metro area of a texting scam.

The BBB received a report of a text message scam that leads to charges on the cell phone bills of those who receive them. The person in the Twin Cities who reported the scam didn’t reply to the message, but still had a $10 charge on their cell phone bill.

Authorities say the messages appear to originate from an entity named “Silicon Investments.” The scam isn’t targeting a certain carrier and can affect any cell phone that receives texts. If you receive the text message, you are urged to call your service provider immediately.

Watch out for the following message:

“From: 99716 ‘TXTALTSNOW: You’ll receive Entertainment Alts. $9.99/mo billed to cell; 3 msg/wk. Reply HELP for help, STOP to cancel. Msg&Data rates may apply.”