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Recognize Phishing Text Messages

Stay Alert: Recognizing and Avoiding Fake Phishing Text Messages and calls

We are receiving reports of two types of scams circulating in our area (01/25/2024):
One is a common phishing text/call scam where the fraudsters are pretending to be your financial institution, many times with spoofed phone numbers to look like your bank or credit union, alerting you of a fraudulent purchase on  your card. This is a scam. (more on that in the article below).
The second is a pop up stating that “Your PC is compromised with a malicious virus and to call this 800 Microsoft number” to get your PC fixed. Instead fraudsters are installing very malicious key capture code. Additionally, the fraudster is also trying to convince the person that their financial institution has an insider fraud case going on and to remove their funds and put them safely in a bitcoin account that is monitored by the law enforcement until arrests are made so the funds can be returned. This is also a scam. 
PLEASE be aware and personally call you financial institution on their published phone number to verify any activity on  your accounts. 

In an era where digital communication is constant, criminals have developed sophisticated methods to trick individuals into revealing their personal and financial information. One prevalent form of cybercrime is phishing, where scammers impersonate legitimate financial institutions through text messages to steal sensitive data. To protect yourself from falling victim to these scams, it's crucial to be aware of the tactics used and the red flags to watch out for.