Can You Spot a Phishing Scam?
Learn about these popular scams and their red flags, with the help of the American Bankers Association.
Text Message Scams:
Phishing text messages attempt to trick you into sharing personal information like your password, PIN, or social security number to gain access to your bank account. As long as you don’t respond to these messages and delete them instead, your information is safe.
Watch out for emails that ask you to click a suspicious link or provide personal information. The sender may also claim to be someone from your bank. When in doubt, contact your bank or visit their website by typing the URL directly into your browser.
Phone Call Scams:
Scammers sometimes try to cheat you out of your money by impersonating your bank over the phone, often asking for your personal information, or to get you to send them money. If you’re doubting that the caller is legitimate, hang up and call your bank.
Payment App Scams:
Scams using payment apps such as Cash App, PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle are growing as the platforms are becoming increasingly popular. Scammers may claim to be your bank, saying your account has been hacked, and ask you to send money to a new account they’ve created for you.
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