Fraudulent text messages are being sent to consumers in an effort to steal personally identifiable information. Reports have increased in volume since May 22, 2014. Mass text broadcasts are commonly used by fraudsters to reach large audiences of potential victims. This scam is quite common and often operates simultaneously in multiple states.
Automated texts are being broadcast that warn consumers to call certain numbers to reactivate their payment cards.
A recent text example: “Federal Credit Union ALERT: Your CheckCard has been temporarily LOCKED. Please call Card Services line (407) 574-2992”.
Text messages do not reference a particular issuing brand but they may vaguely refer to a credit union or bank.
Text messages may also originate from Jamaican area code 876 which is easily confused by consumers with a toll free number.
We will NEVER send you a text message asking for your personal information. If you feel as though a text message, email, or phone call is suspicious, please immediately call us at 864-699-5940 to verify the request for information.