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2 hospitals warn of text message scams

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - Two hospitals are warning residents about a new scam that is being sent directly to people's cellphones.

Southwest Health said the scammer sends a text saying that a relative is at the hospital. 

"Paul this is Platteville hospital messaging," an example of the scam said. "Your relatives is with us now. Condition is worrying. You should call us asap." 

Officials with the hospital said Southwest Health will not message you about an ill family member.

Monroe Ckinic also warned about the scam. Their example uses a neighbor instead of a relative. 

"Crystal this is Monroe hospital texting," the example says. "Your neighbour is with us now. Condition was unknown. You please ring us here." 

Both examples included links. 

Both hospitals said that if you receive one of these texts, you should delete it. Do not click the link or reply to the text. 


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