Watch out for strange texts

Staff Report

April 18, 2013

That’s what the attorney general’s office warned in a release warning North Carolinians concerning texts that list a phone number and say that a credit or debit card has been blocked.

People who call the number in the text are asked to provide personal information such as their bank account or Social Security number.

The warning said six complaints had already been received.

If a unknown person trys to make contact:

  • Don’t respond. Responding only confirms that your phone number is valid, making it likely that you’ll get more unsolicited texts.
  • Remember, scammers may communicate by text message but your real bank or credit card company isn’t likely to contact you this way if there’s a legitimate problem with your account.
  • Never agree to provide personal financial information like your bank account number or SSN to someone who contacts you, no matter who they claim to be or why they say they need it.

To file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division visit www.ncdoj.gov, or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.