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In today's digital battlefield, phishing text messages are one of the ways that scammers break into your bank account and steal your money. These messages are designed to trick you into revealing sensitive information. But rest assured, keeping your information safe is relatively straightforward. Here's how you can shield yourself from these cyber threats:
The very first line of defense against phishing texts is proceeding with caution. Scammers rely on your confusion and panic, hoping that you’ll act without thinking. Don’t fall for this trap! Take a moment and think things through. And keep in mind, legitimate banks will never use high-pressure tactics or push you into making quick decisions.
Scammers frequently send phishing texts that link you to fake login pages. While these pages can appear legitimate, they are actually designed to steal your login credentials. Do not click on the links in these messages. If you are unsure, type your bank's official website URL directly into your browser or use their official mobile app.
Your bank will never request sensitive information like your PIN, password, or any one-time login codes through a text message. So, if you receive a text asking for those details, it’s definitely a scam and red flag.
Do not save the text messages or engage with scammers. Delete those messages immediately. If you want to report the scam, take a screenshot before deleting the message.
If you are a victim of a phishing scam, here is your battle plan:
By following these steps and staying vigilant, you can safeguard your finances from phishing text messages. Staying alert is your best defense in the digital world.
At Armed Forces Bank, security is one of our top priorities, and we stand guard to protect your hard-earned money. In fact, accounts like Access Rewards Checking have safeguards in place to help combat scams:
Learn more about smart cybersecurity practices in the Education section of our website (under “Banking Safely and Securely”), or learn about other types of phishing attempts like phone call scams in our blog.
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