If you've recently received a text message or a phone call from someone claiming to be from a bank, authorities are saying to beware. Scammers are using the names of prominent banks, such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo, to steal consumer's personal information.
Scammers are sending messages stating there is an issue with a bank account or credit card. Many of them also state immediate action needs to be taken to correct the problem. Then, they'll ask for Social Security numbers and bank account information to "confirm" the consumer's identity as the authorized account holder.
If you receive one of these messages, the Better Business Bureau has this advice:
- Do NOT give out personal information.
- If you believe there is a real issue with your bank, call them directly.
- Do not respond to the text or click on any links provided.
- Contact your phone provider to block any suspicious numbers the texts or calls are originating from.
- If you have already fallen victim to this scam, contact your financial institution immediately.
If you'd like to check the reliablility of a company, visit the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org