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Oct 19, 2016 12:58 PM

Text message phishing scam targeting New England seniors

Seniors be warned of a new text message phishing scam.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee warns that con artists are sending texts that appear to be from a well-known financial institution, like a bank, alerting victims of “suspicious activity” on their accounts and directing them to contact the bank.

The scammer then asks the victim for personal information and use it to open accounts with their name.

Collins said she was alerted about the scam by numerous Maine seniors reporting these calls to the Senate Aging Committee Fraud Hotline at (855) 303-9470.

Collins recommends you never respond to a text message that requests personal or financial information. Although many banks often send messages from SMS short numbers for alerts, they will never ask for personal or financial information in a text message.

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