The next wave of scam bank texts is on the way

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by Dale Dixon

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Alright, you read it here first. Text messages started appearing on cell phones in southwest Idaho Tuesday night (February 24) with the dire warning: Idaho First Bank Alert: Your CARD has been DEACTIVATED. Please contact us at 208-xxx-xxxx to REACTIVATE your CARD.
Oh, the humanity. Fortunately, it's only been a few weeks since we learned our lesson about these text messages when some very bad people highjacked the good name of Bank of the Cascades to perpetrate the same crime.
The crime is SMiShing. That's phishing for your information using SMS text messaging. Don't fall for it. Don't respond. And, most off all, don't call the number on your cell phone and ask them to stop texting you because each text costs $.15. They're criminals, for crying out loud. They don't care that they're costing you money.
The end goal is to steal your money by convincing you to give away your credit card number.
Stay safe and delete those text messages.

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