ALERT - Smishing Scam - Don’t Fall Prey
November 01, 2012
Important Information for Members:
We have received several calls from members who have reported receiving text messages implying that their WPCU debit, credit, or ATM card has been deactivated and asks them to call (937) 388-9872. The text comes from (440) 731-6773. These texts are fraudulent and were not sent from Wright-Patt Credit Union!
Actual example of text messages received:
“The CREDIT UNION CENTER ALERT: Your CARD has been DEACTIVATED please call 937-388-9872.”
The phone number listed has been shut down.
As a reminder:
- Wright-Patt Credit Union will never ask you to enter, or say, your card number by email, text or phone.
- We may call to validate charges for security purposes, but you will not be asked for your card number and you should never give it out.
- The only way to activate your Wright-Patt Credit Union debit or credit card is at a WPCU Member Center or by following the directions on the sticker that comes attached with your card in the mail.
What is Smishing?
A new name for a familiar scam, Smishing "is a form of criminal activity using social engineering techniques similar to phishing. The name is derived from "SMs phISHING". SMS (Short Message Service) is the technology used for text messages on cell phones."