Debit card scammers have taken to a new medium, text messaging

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Started scamming Acadiana community three weeks ago

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 10:28am

Debit card scammers have taken to a new medium, text messaging.  Three weeks ago the scams hit our area of Acadiana.  These fraudulent text messages, phone calls, and e-mails are threatening and asking for your personal banking information.  Local banks are telling the public to never give it to them.

"We want to warn our customers to protect themselves from giving out this information.  Obviously their checking accounts and debit cards can be compromised, and they can become a scam victim," says Kevin Latiolais, senior vice president and regional president of MidSouth Bank.

In just the past couple of days, MidSouth Bank received several thousand calls to their customer care center and of those calls forty-percent were concerning the text scam.  Area calls are from a 337 area code, and non-customers accounted for fifty-percent of the calls.  Do not reply to this text message or call the number provided within the text.  If you have questions about suspicious activity call 1-800-213-BANK.

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