August 13, 2022

Are you getting random text messages from unknown senders?

Have you received one claiming there is a problem with your bank account?

Bruce McGee has. He checked his phone the other day to discover a worrisome text message.

“It was a text that said my Bosch dishwasher would be charged to my account,” he said. “But I didn’t order a dishwasher.”

The text claimed he had purchased a $1,500 dishwasher.

He thought it might be a scam, but opened the text anyway.

“I had to open it,” he said, “because it specifically mentioned an item, and I wanted to make sure it wasn’t erroneous.”

So he decided to contact us, to see if other people were receiving similar texts

But moments later, he says, “as I was composing my email to you, I received another email from a bank with whom I do not do business.

It said “due to an unusual transaction, we have blocked your debit card.”

So was the first text real? What about the second?

It turns out both were scams, to steal his money or bank login information.

Warning signs a text message is a scam

Sarah Wetzel of the Better Business Bureau, said “know that the scammers do not discriminate, and that they will send this to anybody, and anybody that will respond.

Wetzel says scammers are using text messages to impersonate banks, Amazon and other businesses, as well as government agencies like the IRS, to lure consumers into giving up personal identifying information to steal their identity or their hard-earned money.

She says there are some ways to protect…

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