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FTC files lawsuits against 8 companies for spam texts

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

In the past year, more than 180 million illegal text messages have been sent out by scammers.

On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission said it has filed eight court cases to stop the companies.

The messages promised consumers free gifts or prizes, including gift cards to major retailers.

Consumers who clicked on links in the messages found themselves caught in an elaborate process that required them to provide sensitive personal information.

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