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Don’t Click: Guilford Fire Department Warns Residents About Scam Texts

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Don’t Click: Guilford Fire Department Warns Residents About Scam Texts


GUILFORD, CT — If you get a text like this, delete it. It’s a scam.

The Guilford Fire Department is concerned that residents who get the texts might click on a link inside the bogus message, a link that could be harmful to your device, and privacy.

“There is an ongoing Scam claiming that fire departments are selling T-shirts and you can get up to $10 off by clicking on the link in the text message. Today, a text message was sent out stating that the Guilford Fire Department is selling T-shirts. We are not selling any T-shirts. Please do not open any emails from people that you do not know or recognize,” the fire department posted on its Facebook page.

The messages read: “Dear ________. Guilford Fire Department shirt 10$ OFF ready to order now” with a link to click on.

It’s a scam.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong also warned residents to be wary of text message scams pretending to sell merchandise benefiting local fire departments.

Tong confirmed that, like Guilford, and nearby East Haven, at least eight other Connecticut fire departments reported that residents had received text messages purporting to be from the fire department with links advertising and selling discounted fire department merchandise.

“Scammers take advantage of generous and goodhearted people who just want to help. Do not fall for their tactics,” Tong said. “If you receive one of these messages or any solicitations for a donation or purchase, do your homework first. Take your time and verify…

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