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Visitor, is your text message a scam?

Visitor, is your text message a scam?


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April 2022


Is that text message legit or a scam?

Cell phones have evolved from being a simple and convenient method of communication to a smart storage device that contains everything from irreplaceable family photos to the private financial information that we rely on every day. Scammers have always strived to target these devices in an effort to gain access to the life changing information they hold. While spam and robocalls from these scammers have been painfully accepted by the majority of Americans over the years, fraudulent and phishing text messages are now becoming their new method of attack in an attempt to get a lucrative payday at our expense.

If you find yourself receiving a lot of spam text messages, you can forward the message to the number 7726 (which spells "spam"). It won't stop the number from texting you right away, but it will allow your carrier to look into where it came from and put an end to it.



Protect yourself and your business from text scams by remembering these tips:

Pay attention to detail!

Evaluate for errors

Take the time to carefully evaluate the message before responding to it. Check to ensure that they came from a legitimate source and that the links are spelled correctly - avoid clicking suspicious links. If you don’t know the sender, don’t open any links to websites or content they may include. This could lead to fake websites or allow malware such as keyloggers that track and monitor your activities to steal your valuable information and assets.

Pay attention and read text messages carefully
 Hackers will create a false sense of urgency by implying an immediate response is required. Don’t fall for it.

Think twice before responding

Responding to the text verifies your phone number is active and shows you are willing to interact, which may lead to an increase in the unsolicited text messages you receive.

Never send personal information to a suspicious text. Do not reply to any unfamiliar message.

Just delete the message - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Never respond to unsolicited gift card offers. Delete it and move on.

Verify the sender

Scammers know you care; they are trained in communicating messages that feel real but aren't. If you feel the text you received might have come from an actual person or business that you are familiar with, find their contact information from a separate source and give them a call explaining the text that you have received.


Understanding how to avoid these text scams can help protect yourself and your business!


Dependable Support and Security

Being your managed service provider we understand that downtime is never acceptable. As a Sierra client, we actively monitor your systems to ensure that all your systems are up to date and running smoothly with the best security practices in place. The world of IT is always changing, but you can rest easy knowing that our team of knowledgeable technicians and support specialists are always just one email or phone call away.

Having been in business for over 20 years, we know the industry and understand the struggles that come with running a business. Your success is important to us and we will always look forward to servicing your IT management needs in the future.

For questions or to schedule a free 15 consultation please call 703-847-3136.

Our Services

Since 1998 Sierra Corporation has been providing IT and Computer Services.  We are proud to provide IT Solutions that help businesses like yours be more efficient, productive, and profitable.

  • On-site or Remote Technical Support
  • Computer/Server Repair
  • Network Configuration/Troubleshooting
  • Server Configuration/Troubleshooting
  • Data Recovery/Prevention of Lost Data
  • Simple and Complex Secure Back-up Solutions
  • Monitoring Tools – that can be deployed to assist in resolving issues with your network and devices.
  • VoIP Phone Systems – Stop paying huge phone bills!–provide voice service over the internet. Enables you to have a full featured phone system similar to what Fortune 500 companies use, but at a much lower cost!
  • Web Hosting, Email Hosting & Development
  • Website and web application development
  • New Computer Hardware – we do not mark up equipment sales to our clients, our discount is passed onto you, and so you get great prices when you need equipment! we are a reseller for Dell

You will find our response time to be the fastest in the business!

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