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The bogus texts at issue use language “suggesting that they understand the challenges that low-income renters are facing and they want to help,” Yang said. One version of the scam requests that consumers upload photos of their driver’s licenses, among other things.

According to Yang, it’s unclear how many variations of the scam are now targeting renters. “Scammers may test different versions of the same scam simultaneously, and there’s no limit to the number of scams that could be targeting renters during this vulnerable time,” she said.

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