Beware of fake warnings in text messages

Source: Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press (USA Today)

Scammers pose as a bank or pretend to be from Amazon and send a fake text about suspicious activity on your account or a delayed package only to get you upset.

The knee jerk reaction — which con artists hope you'll have — is to immediately call or click on a link to unfreeze an account or deal with a suspicious purchase. A consumer could feel pressured to "log in" to a fake web site as part of the process set up by the scammers.

Be suspicious if a bank is saying it's urgent that you act immediately or confirm account information. Your credit union or bank is never going to ask for your PIN, access code, or other sensitive financial information through text or email. 


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