As of Monday, October 3, the Pasco Police Department said this same scam was hitting them. But earlier it started with a local fire department.
Benton County Fire District 1 says t-shirt text is a scam.
Did you receive this text? I did, and thought it was a bit phishy. I spelled it that way because phishing is the term used for emails or text messages trying to get a victim to bite into some information. Once they do, the crooks have some of their personal details.
This is a screenshot of the actual text I received on my phone.
Benton County Fire District 1 posted this about texts that many in our area were getting around a $10 t-shirt:
“Benton County #1 Fire District has been alerted that some residents are receiving text messages selling Fire District t-shirts. ! Benton County #1 Fire District is not sending these text messages and warns people not to click on the link if you receive such a message.
Benton County Fire District #1 does not sell t-shirts and is not affiliated with them in any form.”
If you have one, or any of the Pasco texts, don’t click the link. Instead, report it to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Probably a good idea to remove the text and also block the number. It is quite possible that this is circulating in other public bodies in the region before these scammers have finished “working” our region.