Below is another text I received on my phone. Yes, I believe that hackers have my phone number from the Dark Web. How? There are numerous companies that have my contact information and a several of the larger companies had data breaches, such as T-Mobile, CafePress, LinkedIn, Android, Facebook… Those were just in 2021.
+1 (386) 297-5094
Message from Donald Trump Jr. -> I can't lie to you guys. This election is going to be a tough one so it is REALLY important we hear from you. We need you to take the Official 2022 Nationwide Census. Take 2 mins and get it done: https://winitback2022.org/r.wr?id=JW0FCe4l ReplySTOPToEnd
This is why I believe it is a scam:
- The phone number: It a phone number, not a 5 digits text number. It has a +1 in from of the number. And, when I looked up the number it did not return a legitimate organization.
- The web site “winitback2022.org” was created on December 23, 2021.
- The web site is hosted by GoDaddy. Okay, that makes it appear to be more legitimate. But, the domains registrant’s contact information has been withheld.
- The domain was registered by: Domains By Proxy, LLC. If you look them up, you will find they have a very bad rating with the BBB (Better Business Bureau).
- Finally, there no Official 2022 Nationwide Census. The only official Census takes place every 10 years; 2000, 2010, 2020, 2030….
Again, don’t click any link in a text message. Don’t reply to a text message.
Next step, I will report it to GoDaddy as abuse.
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Ugh I got it too. So I wasn’t supposed to reply STOP? Dangit,
I got it today, but it had a caller ID of +1386-2975111 (Orlando) and my text reads “We’re GIVING UP, James [my name isn’t James]. We’ve texted you 7 TIMES asking you to take the GOP Poll Did Trump lose your support [he never had it]? Last chance:
Obviously a malware hacker/scammer. Additionally it was received on cell phone. A federal no-no.
Also, they didn’t text me 7 times either.
Thank you for the very helpful info!
Thanks for the rundown!
Thanks for taking time to do all research I always do, & posting results. Such a time-saver! I received same text from +1 (561) 673-2673, linked to same website, except different after “id=”. Search of phone number only showed it’s from Palm Beach, FL. Obviously spam, number blocked. “Official Census…” confirmed text definitely a scam. I never click on links, & have only replied STOP to approx .000000001% of texts that included URLs of real entities. To determine whether or not to reply I searched using entire text. Your post was among 1st results, & gave info needed. As usual, DO NOT reply, & block url. Thanks again!
I received this one yesterday as well, and they are definitely using “neighbor spoofing” for the phone number since my area code is 336 but I haven’t lived there in over a decade. That is immediately cause for concern, among all the other reasons you have covered. Keep us posted on the godaddy response.
I received the same text a few minutes ago & was researching to check in if it is a scam/phishing & found your warning.
Thank you so much!
I don’t click or respond to unknown texts or emails either.
Appreciate the alert!
been getting a lot of pro trump b.s. we did not sign up for like the above, every couple of days with different phone numbers!!!
It is not coming from Pro-Trump people; it is coming from Hackers that are trying to steal your information.
Nice work Sarah, thanks!
I received a very different text tonight directing me to this same website. How can I also report it to GoDaddy?
Report it to Abuse@godaddy.com
You can report via https://www.godaddy.com/help/reporting-abuse-27154 if you have been receiving these messages