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Date:
December 23, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Officer Katie Flood, Public Information Officer, 441.7226

New Fraud Targeting Texters Hits Lincoln

Lincoln Police have received a report of a new fraud that recently cropped up in other parts of the country. Cellular phone subscribers find a text message stating that there is suspicious activity on their bank or credit union account. They are asked to call a phone number to verify the account. The person on other end is not affiliated with the banking institution. Instead, questions are asked to gain access to personal information about the account. Often these questions include the account number and password. Shortly thereafter, funds are removed from the victim's account.

Lincoln Police want to remind citizens that banks already possess the account information they need. A bank employee would only ask for verification when called or approached by the customer. If you receive a similar text message, don't respond. If you have questions or concerns about your account, call the bank branch or the customer service number.




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