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Central Texans targeted by text message scams


Central Texans are being warned by the Better Business Bureau to watch out for scam text messages posing as bank alerts.

The scam texts are known as smishing and are a new way to steal personal information.

The texts look like an alert from a bank you may or may not belong to. They will ask you to verify your account by calling a phone number or following a link.

From there, the scammers will try and get your banking information by having you enter your ATM card number and PIN number to reactivate you card or by downloading software to your phone so that the scammers can gain access to your phone.

Here are some tips from the BBB in case you receive a scam text message:

1. Ignore instructions to text "STOP" or "NO." This is a common ploy by scammers to confirm they have a real, active phone number. 

2. Forward the texts to 7726 (SPAM on most keypads). This will alert your cell phone carrier to block future texts from the number. 

3. Verify the web address. If you think your text message is real, be sure the link provided is directing to a web address like "yourbank.com" not "yourbank.otherwebsite.com." 

4. Call the bank or check out their website. See if your bank has been targeted by a scam. They will likely have further information about it. This often includes an email address where you can send a screen shot or details about your scam text to help identify and stop the scammers.

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