The first thing to look for: As with fraudulent emails, fraudulent text messages often suggest urgent action, attempting to get you to act quickly before you have time to carefully read and examine the message. They often don't address you by name and contain obvious grammar and/or spelling errors.
Other signs of text message fraud include: Promises of free gifts in exchange for your personal or bank account information. Never click a link in a suspicious text message: It could result in malware being loaded to your phone that sends your personal information to a scammer. Visit the FTC page about text message spam layer.
If you receive a fraudulent text message do not respond to it or click any link in it.
You can also forward any suspicious text message to your cell phone provider at 7726 (“SPAM”) and follow their instructions.