The text message on Jane Yan’s mobile phone came from a number she didn’t recognize. “Are we going to the salon tonight?” It looked like the kind of mistake that can happen any day.
In fact, it was part of a continuing scam that cost U.S. victims more than $429 million in losses last year, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints about online crime.
Three months after beginning a conversation with the person who texted her, Ms. Yan had lost more than $1.6 million, the victim of a wave of messages that have flooded onto mobile devices this year via text message and social media, according to law-enforcement officials.
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