Hundreds of people in the heartland receive a mysterious text message. It’s from a stranger asking to chat. But it’s not the first of its kind to hit the metro and it’s leaving many people asking how their information got out in the first place.
Tracie Mauk is used to finding humor in life. Every Tuesday night she does stand-up comedy here. Monday night, a not so funny text message came to her phone.
“Hey Tracie, you look sexy in your face book photo, wink face. You should hit me up in Yahoo,” said Mauk.
The number and person she has never heard of.
“User name is Quizzing Armoni or something ridiculous like that,” said Mauk.
That text and many others are called "smishing" and it's a new way scammers are targeting cell phone users. Many of the texts contain links, many of those links ask for your information.
And the same thing happens on certain phone apps. Sometimes, clicking on an external link can give away your information.
Mauk found humor in it all.
“If anything it gave me about the first 5 minutes of my set,” said Mauk.
The best way to avoid becoming a victim, double check the apps you're downloading. Also be careful what the apps you link to your Facebook account can also provide your information to a third party.