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Updated: 11/24/2010 10:45 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There's a new warning from the FBI about scams this holiday shoppping season.

Judy Moise uses her smart phone to shop a lot. "I'm on the phone all the time trying to shop for the best deals and everything," said Moise.         

But bargain hunters beware. There's a new warning from the FBI. It says there are people out there shopping for your information as you prepare to ring up those deals. According to the FBI's website, people are getting text messages or phone calls saying things like there's a problem with their account. Then, when they go to the site listed or call the number, the person on the other end is stealing their information.

The other scam involves your smart phone. People who use it to shop might end up going to phony sites. Moise admits she might follow a link if it promised a good deal. "Of course if I get an email or a text message for the best deal, I go out and try to see how much money I can save," said Moise.

The feds say not everyone is safe or knowledgable when it comes to all the advancing technology. "That's definitely one of the dangers people are ignorant about," said Special Agent Lawrence Meyer.

The FBI says in the cases they've seen so far, people who've called the numbers back and given out their personal information, have had money withdrawn from their bank accounts within 10 minutes of the call.    

Here are a few tips from the FBI. They say don't respond to text messages or automated voice messages from unknown or blocked numbers. Also, treat your mobile phone like you would your computer and don't download anything unless you trust the source.
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