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"Amanda" text message scam hits Eastern North Carolina

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A new text message scam has reached Eastern North Carolina.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office issued a fraud alert this week regarding a text from someone claiming to be a woman named 'Amanda.'

Tracy Roberson received one of those text messages but didn't respond to it. Roberson says she knew something was strange about the text since she doesn't text message.

"My first thought was I looked at all those numbers that they wanted me to call back,and I was like this has got to be an international phone number," said Roberson.

The text instructs people to call "Amanda" or "Donna" at a fifteen digit number with an area code of 0113. Investigators say the number is based in Ukraine and bills people a "premium rate service"  fee for calling it.

Deputies warn consumers they may see a charge on their cell phone bill if they call it back. Officials say if you are charged you can try and dispute the charge with your provider.

The North Carolina Department of Justice says these types of text message scams target certain area codes at one time using a computer program.

The Greenville Police Department says some con artists get your cell phone number from your provider. Cell phone providers do cell blocks of numbers for solicitation purposes. While they may get the numbers legally, some people are now using those numbers for illegal purposes.

If you have received one of these text messages and want to report it click here.

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