Text Messages Sent as Part of Simsbury Bank Phishing Scam

By Ari Mason
|  Sunday, Mar 16, 2014  |  Updated 9:27 AM EDT
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Text Messages Sent as Part of Simsbury Bank Phishing Scam

NBCConnecticut.com

Two weeks after police alerted residents of a phone scam claiming to be with Simsbury Bank, the scam has taken on new life in the form of text messages prompting residents to call for information about how their accounts have been compromised, according to police.

Police said the text messages are a variation of the phishing scam first reported in the area of Simsbury and Granby a couple weeks ago.

The fraudulent text messages read as follows:

  • [[ALERT] [FROM] [SIMSBURY BANK]] PLEASE CALL US AT 8607916889 TO LEARN HOW YOUR ACCOUNT IS AFFECTED.
  • [[ALERT] [FROM] [SIMSBURY BANK]] PLEASE CALL US AT 8606977113 TO LEARN HOW YOUR ACCOUNT IS AFFECTED.

According to Simsbury police, calling those numbers leads to a recording from “Professional Property Management.” The message refers callers to another number for information about property sales and lock-outs.

One of those numbers claims to be with Simsbury Bank’s fraud department and asks callers to provide their 16-digit account numbers.

Police said the scam automatically generates numbers and has targeted more than just Simsbury Bank customers.

Victims of the scam who have given out personal or account information should contact their banks to report fraud and notify police.

The phone scam is not affiliated with Simsbury Bank. The bank posted an alert on its Web site reminding customers that the bank will not call, text or email asking for information.

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