Officials are warning about scam text messages that appear to be sent by banks, credit card companies, and other financial intuitions.
Who Is It Targeting: Individuals across the United States
What Is It: Scammers are sending links that appear to be legitimate via text messages. If the victim clicks on this link, it can infect their phones with damaging software or it redirects to another website where consumers are asked for personal information, which is then stolen and used maliciously.
What Are They After: Bank account information, debit/credit card number, SSN
How Can You Avoid It:
- Do not reply to text messages or click on links inside texts from numbers you do not recognize.
- Immediately delete suspicious text messages. Legitimate companies do not ask for sensitive information by email or text.
- Report these text messages to your wireless carrier.
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For full details of this scam check out this article from KPAX.