Account Activation Text Scam
Fraudulent text messages are being sent to consumers in an effort to steal personally
identifiable information. Financial institutions have reported an increased volume in these
attacks since May 22, 2014. Mass text broadcasts are commonly used by fraudsters to reach
large audiences of potential victims. This scam is quite common and often operates
simultaneously in multiple states.
Automated texts are being broadcast that warn consumers to call certain numbers to
reactivate their payment cards.
A recent text example: “Federal Credit Union ALERT: Your CheckCard has been
temporarily LOCKED. Please call Card Services line (407) 574-2992″.
Text messages do not reference a particular issuing brand but they may vaguely refer to
a credit union or bank.
Additional originating text numbers for this recent scam include: 786-300-2335 and
971-208-9936. All numbers referenced in this Alert Bulletin have been disbanded. New
originating numbers will most likely be created and used in the future.
Text messages may also originate from Jamaican area code 876 which is easily confused
by consumers with a toll free number.
Never Give your card number to anyone that has called you.