New wave of phishing texts surface in Bossier

Crime

BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is warning residents about a new wave of phishing texts reported in the area over the weekend.

The fake text messages appear to be from your bank and may even include some of the numbers from your bank card account.

“These texts, they are designed to fool you. They are designed to prey on your fear that something is wrong with your finances. It’s something that anyone can fall prey to,” said Traci Landry.

The messages request that you call a phone number and then may ask you for the PIN to your bank card or other personal information such as a social security number.

“A bank will never ask for your pin number. It is your pin. Your personal identification number” said Landry.

Customers from multiple financial institutions in Bossier Parish have been targeted.

“That’s the whole trick. Is that they try to suck you into believing that that’s a real text. That your account is having some sort of problem,” said Landry.

Detectives want to remind you that banks will never ask customers for personal identification numbers.

If you are unsure of whether a message is fake, contact your bank directly, NOT through the suspicious text.

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