Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Hoosiers are reporting they have received text messages from scammers posing as a local bank or credit union. Typically the text message says that “Your debit card and account have been deactivated. Please call this toll free number to re-activate your account.” If you receive a text message like this, it is fraud. Do not call the toll free number and give out your information. These scams are also reported to come in the form of telephone or email messages - do not respond to those either.
These scams often originate overseas and are very hard to trace. It is very unlikely victims of these scams will recover any of their money and banks often hold individuals responsible for the loses when information is provided voluntarily to scammers.
If you have received a scam call, text, or email of this nature, please report it to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division by submitting a complaint online - www.IndianaConsumer.com or call 1-800-382-5516.