CRIME ALERT: Debit Card Scam via Text Message

Please be aware that there is a Debit Card Scam circulating by the use of text messaging.  If you receive a text message indicating there is a problem with your debit card, do not respond to it.  Messages such as “Sovereign Bank Alert. Debit card locked. Call 650.200.4041” have been received by many in our area.

THIS IS A SCAM being utilized to get debit card numbers and personal identification numbers from people so that criminals can get unauthorized access to your account.  The name of the bank has been changing.  Calls to the number have yielded indications that it is Sovereign Bank one day and Sun Trust Bank the next day.

The 650 area code is in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in California.

Banks do not contact their customers in this manner.  Please do not give anyone your bank account information over the phone, or via text message.  Thank you.

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