Beware Revolut frozen card scams sent via SMS text

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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Beware Revolut frozen card scams sent via SMS text

Users of Revolut, the popular banking app, would be wise to be on their guard – as scammers are sending out barrages of SMS text messages, posing as official communications from the financial firm.

How do I know? Well, like many other people, I’ve received numerous scam messages on my phone in recent weeks related to Revolut.

Here are just some of them:

Revolut scam sms

We’ve frozen your account, to avoid restrictions please follow intructions at: <LINK>

We’ve frozen your account, to restore access please follow instructions at: <LINK>

Your identity is no longer verified, to avoid restrictions please complete verification at: <LINK>

Your account has been frozen, to avoid restrictions please confirm your email address at: <LINK>

Now, this was easy for me to ignore. I’m not in the habit of receiving messages from Revolut. Back in 2015 I did get myself a Revolut credit card, but I’m not sure I ever used it, and I must admit I had forgotten all about it by the time it had expired back in 2018.

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Am I receiving these scam SMS messages because I once, long ago, interacted with Revolut? Or are the scammers just spamming out the messages to as many people as possible in the knowledge that some of them will be use Revolut’s banking and money management services?

It’s hard to know for sure.

But what we do know is that Revolut recently suffered a targeted cyber attack that exposed the personal details of tens of thousands of the company’s clients.

Other Revolut-related scam messages you may receive include ones that may ask you to authorise a payment or warn you that a new device has been associated with the account. The wording may change but the scam remains the same – the intent is to trick you into clicking on a link and entering your personal information.

Phishing websites seen to date ask victims to enter their mobile phone number, Revolut passcode, and confirm details of debit cards attached to their accounts.
Revolut phishing

Revolut has emphasised that it will never send customers a link to a website and ask them to enter sensitive information (such as a password or PIN code). It has shared details on its website about how to spot phone or text message scams.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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