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Scams by Text – Don’t Fall For It!

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Scammers are now trying to trick you by sending text messages claiming to be from your bank or Credit Card Company.  Text messages with urgent alerts and a link to click have been prevalent in the last few weeks.  Most are pretty easy to spot as bogus, but as a rule, never click on a link in a text or email claiming to be from your bank or Credit Card Company.   Always, go directly to the website from your browser or call the number on the back of your card.

Scammers set up fake landing pages that look just like the authentic log in page and then steal your credentials when you attempt to sign in.

Chase Bank gives the following tips:

Don’t reply to an email, phone call or text message that does these things:

  • Requires you to give your personal or account information either directly in the email or on a website the email sends you to. Some attackers, for example, use pop-up windows on Web pages to ask for your confidential information.
  • Threatens to close or suspend your account if you don’t take immediate action
  • Invites you to answer a survey that asks you to enter personal or account information
  • Tells you your account has been compromised, then asks you to give or confirm your personal or account information
  • Tells you there are unauthorized charges on your account, then asks you to give your personal or account information
  • Asks you to confirm, verify or update your account, credit card or billing information

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