BBB Targets ‘Back to School’ Scams

Back to school season also means the possibility of scams targeting smartphone and social media users.

The Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Massachusetts is advising consumers to be aware of so-called “smishing” scams that can lead to identity theft. BBB officials say scammers are known to send text messages claiming to be brand name stores asking consumers to claim a free gift card by texting their personal information.

They are giving tips to families preparing for back-to-school, such as signing up for e-mail or text alerts from retailers and avoid responding to an unsolicited text offering free gift cards or products. Other suggestions include setting a budget, making a shopping list and avoid links on social media offering free products or surveys seeking personal information. According to the BBB, some links could download malware on devices or steal information.