Mountain Mail Reports
Fake text messages are being sent to flood victims in New Mexico and other states, according to a warning issued this week by the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) .
According to FEMA and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), the texts tell recipients that they have an important message from FEMA, and instructs them to push star on their phones to retrieve it. Pushing the star button automatically enrolls them in a monthly subscription of $9.99, and offers no direct services from FEMA.
FEMA stated that these messages are not being sent by FEMA, and that FEMA never charges citizens for response or recovery services. They ask that anyone who has received questionable messages to report them immediately to the consumer protection agencies or to the Department of Homeland Security at 800-323-8603.