Jan 20, 2023
Scammers are increasingly using fake text messages to trick you into divulging personal information. Your information can give thieves access to bank and other accounts.
These text messages often contain a link that claims to let you collect a prize, pay off a loan or fix an account problem.
In this approach, criminals claim the following to get you to click and react without thinking:
- Your account is showing suspicious activity;
- There is a problem with your payment information;
- An invoice for a product you didn't order must be paid now; or
- A shipper needs help delivering a package to you.
If you receive a text message you weren't expecting, never click any links or respond with personal or financial information. Use a phone number or website you know is authentic to contact the company if you think the message is genuine.
The Federal Trade Commission recommends reporting unwanted texts as junk or spam in the messaging app you use and filing a report at reportfraud.ftc.gov to help filter and stop them.
Find more tips on protecting yourself and your business from Buckeye Community Bank's Security Awareness Hub.