PHOTO:  Example of what this fraudulent text message looks like.  Scammers send a text, posing as a bank, telling customers that their card has been frozen and to click a link to reactivate it in an attempt to "phish" for the victim's personal and financial information.  (Photo Courtesy of Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office)

PHOTO:  Example of what this fraudulent text message looks like.  Scammers send a text, posing as a bank, telling customers that their card has been frozen and to click a link to reactivate it in an attempt to "phish" for the victim's personal and financial information.  (Photo Courtesy of Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office)

CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 242-3341

 

Fraud Alert- Texting Scam Threatens Deactivated Bank Card

 

(July 16, 2014)- There is a texting scam that is being tracked in some jurisdictions around us.  Currently, we don't have any active complaints of this in Cape Coral (Though we have had similar issues in the past.), but it's probably just a matter of time as this new wave spreads across Florida.  These scammers are sending bank customers a message that their debit/credit cards have been blocked and they need to click on the link to reactivate them. Once you click the link, it asks for personal information such as SSN, card numbers, PINs, names, addresses etc..  DO NOT CLICK THE LINK OR PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION!  Banks and/or credit card companies do not do this.  Immediately contact law enforcement and make a report.

If you have any doubts as to whether your own bank card or account have been compromised, contact your bank or credit card company directly, using a known-good number.  NEVER use a link or phone number embedded in an unsolicited e-mail or text message.

Here are some additional resources to learn about how to protect yourself form consumer Fraud:

 

Florida Attorney General's Consumer Protection Guide

FL Department of Agriculture "Little Black Book of Scams"

 

"There is a new variation on this and other types of scams almost every day.  With a little care and education, consumers can do a lot to minimize their risk of becoming victim of these types of scams.  When in doubt, contact your bank or credit card company directly."- Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

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