YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBS 2/AP) — Careful with those fast fingers – click the ‘send’ button on your cell phone and you could be putting your identity at risk, said police on Long Island Tuesday. They are warning  residents about a cell phone text message scam that can lead to identity theft.

Suffolk County police say the text messages are designed to trick people into divulging personal information.

Several residents notified police that they’d received suspicious-looking messages.

The senders usually claim to be from financial institutions. They also may claim to represent a government agency, or a merchant trying to fix problems with the victim’s account.

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