A scam using a text message alert seems to have hit Nebraska.
The Attorney General’s office has issued a consumer fraud warning, stating that it has received calls from residents of Lincoln and Omaha about a text message sent, asking the consumer to reactivate a suspended debit card.
The fraudulent text originates from ALERT@bankaccount. It instructs consumers to call 402-817-4153 to reactivate the card. It seems to have targeted customers of Verizon.
“Personal information like bank, debit or credit card numbers should never be given to unknown people or businesses,” said Attorney General Jon Bruning in a written statement released by his office. “And, don’t be fooled by local area codes – those numbers could be routed anywhere.”
Calls have been routed to a fake 24-hour activation service that asks consumers to input their debit card number for reactivation, giving the con artists access to accounts.
Any consumer who has responded to the call is encouraged to contact their debit card issuer immediately. The AG office also advises consumers to notify the three major credit bureaus – TransUnion, Experian and Equifax.
For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division at ago.ne.gov or 800-727-6432.
A screenshot of the text message can be found here.