News Tech: Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum of Oregon is alerting people to fraudulent banking messages and phone calls and advising them not to reply. According to information provided to the Oregon Department of Justice, many of these allegedly fraudulent texts and phone calls make the claim that they are coming from the recipient’s actual financial institution, which sends people into a panic. They think their bank account is in danger and that they must fix the issue right away. Not so. This is a ruse to obtain private data. Don’t be fooled by it!
“Do NOT respond to these phony calls and texts! They’re a scam,” says Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. “If you do respond, the thieves will use every opportunity to convince you they are calling from your bank and need personal information, like your account number, PIN number or even social security number. Don’t be fooled. By giving them this information, they can gain access to your financial accounts and rob you blind.”
In one version of the scam, a text message arrives, implying that changes have been made to your account. The message may mention a phone number, email, or password. It will instruct you to call a number “if you did not make this request.” In another version of this scam, the text asks if you attempted to make a large purchase on a particular date and requests that you reply with “Yes” or “No.” AGAIN: Don’t do it!
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