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August 11, 2013

Business briefs: Aug. 11, 2013

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In addition to four new hours of local weekend news, NewsChannel 5 will also provide local news cut-ins throughout the morning during NBC Weekend Today, a longtime national news mainstay. NBC Weekend Today airs on WPTZ/WNNE Saturdays from 7 to 9 a.m. and Sundays from 8 to 9 a.m.

During its inaugural newscast on Aug. 3, Newschannel 5 Weekend Today highlighted the Dragon Boat races on the Burlington waterfront, the largest-of-its-kind rugby tournament at Saranac Lake, updates on the federal funding of the storm damage clean-up for Vermont and New Hampshire, the sale of the Boston Globe to John Henry, plus hour-by-hour forecasts to help viewers make their weekend plans.

Scam alert

ALBANY — The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is alerting the public to be aware of text messages received via cell phones from entities masquerading as financial institutions, utility companies or cell phone service providers. The text messages prompt recipients to click on an imbedded link or call the listed number. When consumers reply, they are then prompted to share personal identifiable information such as a PIN or Social Security numbers.

This method of scamming via phone text messaging is known as “SMiShing.” The name originates from “phishing,” the act of attempting to acquire personal information by an untrustworthy entity in an electronic communication. SMS (Short Message Service) is the technology used for text messages on cell phones.

The Division of Consumer Protection provides the following tips for consumers to protect themselves against this scam:

If you receive an unsolicited text from your bank or service provider requesting confirmation of personal information, do not respond or share any information. Legitimate messages from these companies will never ask for personal information.

If you are receiving any messages of this nature, forward them to 7726 (SPAM) to have your service provider block their number from your phone. This feature is completely free to use. 

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