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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) There a problem with the way AT sends out customer alerts via text message: They too easy to mimic.

With little effort, a scammer could send you alerts that look just like the real thing. Click on a link and the hacker will grab your login credentials or fool you into giving up your credit card too.

First, AT alerts come from a weird, four digit code number. Anyone can buy a short code (charities do it all the time). And even more confusing,
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different AT customers see different short codes.

Second, some of AT real links are funky.

Third, the text messages don even have a consistent format. Sometimes they start in all capital letters: FREE MSG. At other times they lowercase: Free Msg. test her theory, Grant set up her own short code,
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bought a legitimate looking website address and sent a message. Can you tell the difference?

AT declined to comment on this topic. Grant said she reported it to the company as a security flaw but hasn heard back.

SMS text messages are convenient, because they reliable. You can get them anywhere, anytime on any phone.

But Grant thinks these companies should opt for email instead, or communicate through a dedicated app. It easier for a company to make emails look official. And an app would,
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in most cases, keep out the bad guys.