The Attorney General's Office has not received any reports of identity theft caused by the scam at this time, but it could be too soon to tell, Stonestreet said.
"It would take a while for someone to realize it was a scam," he said. "They wouldn't know their identity was stolen until a couple of months down the road."
One Eastern Kanawha County woman said she's received the text message more than once this week.
"Some people in this area are hurting for money," she said. "I can see them giving all of their information because they need groceries. You can buy anything at Target."
While she sensed immediately that the text was a scam, the woman said she feels her privacy has been invaded and wishes to remain anonymous.
"The message turned a red light on for me. I would never give my bank account information to anyone," she said. "What makes me mad is that it's my cellphone. They can even get to people on their cell now."
For more information, contact the Consumer Protection & Anti-Trust Division, at 304-558-8986.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at Mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.