LCSO Report: Watch Out for this Texting Scam!
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office issued awarning Friday regarding cell-phone texting scams that attempt to obtainpersonal banking information from the victim.
The scam involves a bulk text message, called SMiShing, stating that your account has been compromised and to contact the given toll-free number. When the victim contacts the number it asks the victim to enter their bank account and pin numbers.
Locally the scam has involved Sprint cell phone customers and the text mentions the Loudoun Credit Union. There have been no reported victims of this scam in Loudoun County.
SMiShing is similar to Phishing where subjects use e-mail to attempt to fraudulently obtain personal information from a victim. The text messaging scam has been dubbed SMiShing, a term derived from SMS technology used for cell phone text messages.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit reminds residents to take a few precautions to protect themselves from becoming a victim of this scam:
- Never respond to unsolicited requests for personal financial information received via text message – even if the request appears to come from a legitimate institution that you do business with. This includes request to”confirm, verify or update” your information.
- Always know who you’re dealing with. Don’t click on links in text messages,or call numbers listed in text messages.
- Put passwords on all your financial accounts.
- Monitor your credit report regularly for signs of irregularities.
If you think you have been a victim of this scam you are asked to contact Investigator S. Tresselt of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.