If you have been targeted or victimized by a text message scam, you owe it to yourself to report the incident to the following organizations. These organizations gather information on text message scams in order to protect consumers. The more information victims share with them, the better they can protect consumers.
Federal Communications Commission
Your first stop for reporting a text message scam should be the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC specializes in any crimes related to communications, including messages sent to cell phones.
To report a text message scam to the FCC, go to the FCC website.
Internet Crime Complaint Center
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) brings together the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance to investigate cyber-based crimes. Since text message scams can be loosely categorized as cyber crimes, the IC3 takes part in their investigation.
To report a text message scam to the IC3, go to the IC3 website.
Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) collects information on business scams for use by law enforcement agencies. Though the FTC will not investigate your complaint, your complaint will be available to law enforcement organizations in the event they are investigating the same text message scam and need more information or are trying to determine how many people have been victimized.
To report a text message scam to the FTC, go to the FTC website.
If you are unsure if you have been targeted by a text message scam, read the article “Text Message Scam: Gift Card Promotion” for an example of a text message scam.
By reporting text message scams, you help protect yourself and other consumers by bringing scam artists to justice and preventing making it harder for future scams.