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SALEM -- Unsolicited text messages can infect cell phones and be used to steal personal information, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger's office warned Thursday.

He warned consumers not to open links in such messages. He also said not to reply to them, even if they recommend texting the word STOP.

Doing so only confirms the message was sent to a live phone and may result in unauthorized third party charges to your wireless statement, spokesman Tony Green said.

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Text messages claiming the recipient has won a gift card to Best Buy, Walmart, Apple or another national retailer can spread malware and viruses. Most service providers can provide instructions for reporting spam and blocking phone numbers or websites.

Green said all phones should be registered on the national Do Not Call List.

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