New Text E-mail Scam Can Steal All The Money From Your Bank Account
There's a new text/e-mail scam that looks legit, but it is not. Banking officials are saying it will look real, all the logos will be on the email, but it will tell you to follow a link and log in quickly to take care of the problem. Once you follow the link, it will be on their server and ask for all kinds of information.
The Better Business Bureau says, ALWAYS log in on a secure server don't follow links when banking or putting in personal information.
According to FOX23.com here are some scam tips
- Just hit delete! Ignore instructions to confirm your phone number or visit a link. Some scam texts instruct you to text "STOP" or "NO" to prevent future texts. But this is a common ploy by scammers to confirm they have a real, active phone number.
- Read your phone bill. Check your phone bill for services you haven't ordered. Some charges may appear only once, but others might be monthly "subscriptions."
Know your rights. Real commercial text messages must provide a free, easy way for you to opt out of future communication. Learn more here.
- Know how to combat spam texts. In Canada, an anti-spam law covers text messages. Learn more about reporting and fighting spam here. In the U.S., forward the texts to 7726 (SPAM on most keypads). This will alert your cell phone carrier to block future texts from those numbers.
- Watch out for look-alike URLs. Just because a URL has the name of a real company in it, doesn't mean it's legitimate. Anyone can register a sub-domain (realcompany.website.com) or similar URL (realcompany1234.com).
- Ask your phone carrier about blocking third-party charges. Mobile phone carriers permit outside businesses to place charges on your phone bill, but many carriers also allow you to block these charges for free.