"Bank Alert" Text Is A Scam

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

An official-looking text message is part of an intricate scam.

On Tuesday, seven reports came into the Nebraska Attorney General's office of a possible scam.

Nebraskans reported receiving a text message from 'Alert@bankaccount,' telling the recipient they needed to call a number with a 402 area code to re-activate their debit card.

WOWT 6 News called the number, which forwards you to an automated system. It asks for your 16 digit card number.

After our producer entered a string of "9s," the system automatically disconnected.

Text Scam

"Don’t be fooled by local area codes," says Attorney General Jon Bruning. "Those numbers could be routed anywhere.”

The message at the number claims to be a 'credit union center' with 24-hour activation services.

Nebraskans who have responded to this scam are encouraged to use a trusted number to contact debit card issuers immediately. In addition, notification should be filed with the three major credit bureaus – TransUnion, Experian and Equifax.

For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division at 800-727-6432.


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