LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Carolyn thought it was her lucky day when she got a series of text messages that said she had been selected to receive money from EDD, California’s Employment Development Department.

Text messages from scammers have been targeting people who live out of state. (CBSLA)

“I filled out my name and social security number,” she said. “And asked how much I was getting a month, and I put that in.”

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Carolyn is already receiving unemployment payments in her home state of Nevada, which is why she didn’t question communication about additional payments — even if it was allegedly coming from a different state.

“But then when they sent me another text message…asking me for my driver’s license and a selfie, that’s when I got suspicious,” she said.

The thieves were likely trying to use Carolyn’s image and…

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