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Text Scam Warning Issued In Middletown

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Text Scam Warning Issued In Middletown

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MIDDLETOWN, CT — Officials are warning residents of text message scams pretending to sell merchandise benefitting local fire departments, including in Middletown.

“We have been informed that some people are receiving text messages purportedly from City of Middletown Local 1073 seeking to sell t-shirts at a discount,” officials wrote in a post on the City of Middletown Professional Firefighters Local 1073 union’s Facebook page. “This is NOT affiliated in any way with this organization and is a scam. Please do NOT click the link in the message. Thank you.”

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is also advising residents to be wary of the text messages after at least eight fire departments in the state reported the scam over the holiday weekend.

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“Scammers take advantage of generous and goodhearted people who just want to help. Do not fall for their tactics,” Tong said in a statement. “If you receive one of these messages or any solicitations for a donation or purchase, do your homework first. Take your time and verify that the organization is legitimate and that your donation is going where you think it is.”

If you receive an unsolicited text message or phone call with a link asking for a donation or requesting that you make a purchase, do not click the link, according to Tong.

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