A scam circulating Nebraska attempts to fool Great Western Bank customers into giving personal financial information.
Attorney General Doug Peterson has issued a warning. Peterson says a scam text message purporting to be from Great Western Bank warns that the customer’s account has been blocked. The message embeds a link that opens to a webpage requesting customer information, including banking ID and password.
The text and website look legitimate. They are not.
The AG office warns consumers who receive this unsolicited text message to not reply to it or click on the web link. Delete the text message.
“Customers should also be aware that they can forward suspected spam messages to 7726, which is a spam database. If Customers have any specific concerns about this incident that they would like to discuss with Verizon Wireless, they may contact Verizon Wireless customer service.” Karen Smith, spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless, said in a written statement released by the AG office.
Most of the numerous complaints received by the Attorney General’s office have come from Verizon Wireless customers. If you believe your information has been compromised, contact your bank.
Also, notification should be filed with the three major credit bureaus – TransUnion, Experian and Equifax.
If you need assistance or additional information on protecting your identity, or would like to file a complaint, please contact the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division at ago.nebraska.gov or 800-727-6432.