Citizens Tri-County Bank is alerting its customers to a text message scam regarding debit cards.
Bank officials have released an alert to customers and are reminding them the bank does not text asking for sensitive information.
A statement from the bank says, “CTCB customers, if you receive a text message on your phone regarding your debit card, please do not follow the link in the text. This is a scam, and if you follow the link, you could be tricked into providing your debit card number and other sensitive information that could allow your card to be used fraudulently. Simply ignore or delete the text. Remember, the bank will never text you asking you to provide this sort of information.”
The scam is not exclusive to Citizens Tri-County Bank customers. According to reports, individuals who are not customers of the bank have also received a text message claiming to be from Citizens Tri-County Bank and iTunes. Law enforcement officials recommend such texts be ignored and deleted.
For scammers, cellphone text messages are fast, cheap and effective. The thieves use inexpensive, hard-to-track prepaid phones to transmit a variety of texts about such things as free gift cards, cheap mortgages and meds, and urgent “account problems” at your bank. When word spreads of the scam, the scammers simply toss the phones they’re using and buy new ones.
The Federal Trade Commissioner calls these scams “fishing” because the person is fishing for your financial information.
Local residents should exercise caution when responding to any text message that could be attempting to obtain information about their debit or credit cards.