Special Alerts on Recent Fraud Attempts
Text-based (SMS) Scams
Nationwide, fraudulent text messages are being sent to consumers in an effort to steal personally identifiable information. This is done by broadcasting automated texts that warn consumers to call certain numbers to reactivate their payment cards. An example of this is “Federal Credit Union ALERT: Your CheckCard has been temporarily LOCKED. Please call Card Services line (407) 555-5555". These text messages do not reference a particular brand but they may vaguely refer to a credit union or bank.
Do not respond to these texts! It is against Androscoggin Bank (and most other reputable banks') procedures to send out texts in this way.