Received a text message from ‘your bank’? It may be a scam

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) — Many people have contacted the WCBD Alert Center concerned about text messages they received that seemed to be from their bank. The message says their accounts are locked with a link included to ‘unlock’ it.

We’ve checked and it’s likely to be a scam. If you click on the URL, you will be taken to a form that looks, very much, like part of the bank’s website. You may have to “confirm” your identity by entering your name, user ID, password and/or bank account number. Simply don’t do it!

If you get a text from a number you don’t recognize, here’s what to remember:

  • A bank or financial institution will not request personal or financial information over text message.
  • Don’t follow links sent through text, from a number you don’t know.
  • If you’re in doubt, call the customer service number for your bank and report the scam text immediately.


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