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More Americans than you’d guess get ripped off. Keri Lumm of Buzz60 shares the results of a new study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Scam Spotter.



Question: I got a text message saying: “VZN Free Msg: December bill paid. Thanks, here is a little gift for you:” It was a link to “gqmc5.xyz/2yG6LKmcn4 Happy New Year!” It was an SMS from 332-216-5068. Is it legit or a scam? I am a Verizon customer.

Responnse: It is spam. Chris Serico, a spokesperson for Verizon explained:

“We became aware of an ongoing campaign of SMS messages sent to our customers, trying to sound like a reward from Verizon or a billing message sent by Verizon.

“These texts are not from Verizon. Customers should not click or interact with any links included in these posts.

“To help us identify and stop spam, customers are encouraged to report suspicious or unwanted messages by forwarding the text message to SPAM (7726).”

More Americans than you’d guess get ripped off. Keri Lumm of Buzz60 shares the results of a new study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Scam Spotter.



Question: Many traffic light intersections seem to take way too long to change, and cars are backing up while waiting. If I’m at the front of the line and no one is behind me, does it help to back up and run over the sensors in the roadway to see if that will speed things up?

Responnse: To make sure the sensor “knows” you are there, stop on it, not pass or miss it. Jason Toney and Alex Stone from the City of Winston-Salem Transportation Department explain how the sensors work.


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