Account Deactivation Text
How the scam works:
It has been reported that cell phone owners are receiving text messages from their banks informing them that their cards have been deactivated. They were told to call a number to find out more details.
In reality, scammers send mass texts, and because they are using the names of the biggest banks in the country, a good chunk of the recipients might consider the warning and call the number.
As expected, the person on the other side of the line will ask for personal information and a card number, “for confirmation”.
There are quite a few “deactivation/activation” variations of the text. The latest ones are now using the names of Google and Gmail, scammers informing you that your account has been hacked and you need to reactivate it.
How to avoid:
However much technology advances, you will not be told that your account was deactivated by a text message. Any bank rep could be impersonated by crooks in this scam, but the latest one comes from Regions Bank. The name of your bank might be next so beware! As you can see in the images, some of the phone numbers used are: (309) 323.6439, (901) 466.4798, and (727) 379.2519.
How to report:
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