A scam targeting banking customers by text message, pretending to be their bank’s fraud department asking about “suspicious withdrawals” is the latest banking scam you need to be aware of.
Many of us use text message verification to safeguard sensitive banking information and to guard our accounts from being hacked, scammers have learned how to Bogart that process and scheme you into believing you are being contacted by your bank using their actual phone number to text you.
It may seem legitimate. They will call asking if you attempted a withdrawal in another city. Once you tell them it is in error, they will then ask for your banking identification numbers. They then say they will text you a verification PIN to check your identity.
This prompts a text message from the bank’s real phone number with a verification code you will be asked to read back to the scammer over the phone. This code gives the scammer access to your account and bank transactions.
What can you do? Be very aware and protect your accounts at all costs. More and more scams are coming through text messaging. As a precaution, if anyone you are not doing business with asks for your name, address, Social Security number, or account numbers, do not give this information, hang up or delete the text message. If you are unsure as to whether or not it is your bank? Hang up and call your bank yourself using the number you have on file.
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