5 on Your Side


Posted January 26, 2010
Updated January 27, 2010

We mentioned this last week, but we continue to hear from more victims! The latest scam targeting cell phone users is called SMISHING! Fraudsters send a very legitimate looking text message from a financial institution to try to get your personal information.

Right now, a message is circulating that claims its from Wachovia. It says "onlineservices@wachovia.com/ Alert! Discrepancy with your account records call 18666388467 for details" But DO NOT CALL! Again, it's a HUGE SCAM!The fraudsters get your information and then use it to take money from your bank account.  It has already happened to MANY people!

Remember, NEVER give out ANY personal information to someone you don't know. Verify contact information independently – look up a phone number and/or key in a Web address yourself! Also, check your credit report regularly. You can get one free credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies each year at www.annualcreditreport.com. It's the only site to get a truly FREE report. Although you can also call 877-322-8228.


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  • AtALost Jan 27, 2010

    It's sad some people are such easy targets. Whether it's a text, an email, a phone call, etc., look up the phone number and call the business directly - not the number they gave you.

  • parrothead Jan 26, 2010

    My husband and I both have received the Wachovia text this week. We knew it was a hoax. We've never even banked with Wachovia. I tend to be skeptical of any texts from unknown senders.

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