Bank customers hit by SMS text message phishing scam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Many of us are used to receiving emails in our inbox that claim to come from a bank, and asking us to log in urgently. But have you ever received a phishing text message on your mobile phone?

According to local media reports, people in Texas began to receive unsolicited SMS messages on their cellphones on Tuesday, claiming to come from the Commercial Bank of Texas.

The SMS text messages told recipients that their debit card had been deactivated, and that if they wanted to reactive it then they should call the given number.

Commercial Bank of Texas
Alert: Your card has been deactivated.
Please contact us at: (936) 622-6016.
to reactivate your card.

However, the text messages did not come from the bank located in Nacogdoches, Texas, and it wasn’t the bank waiting at the other end of that…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.