Report: Almost 4,000 people affected by bank scam

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(WEHT)- A text scam trying to steal people’s personal banking information has affected nearly 4,000 people according to a report from ZDNet.com. Last week, Tri-State residents were affected by a similar phone scam posing as Fifth Third Bank.

The scam involves a text message, supposedly from a bank, telling users that their account has been locked. It also asks users to click on a link to unlock their account. Authorities say the link is a way for hackers to access your personal information.

Cybersecurity firm, Lookout says it can’t tell how much money was stolen in the hack but says the links take users to a phoney website that looks like an authentic replica of the bank’s website. Lookout is also uncertain where the hack originated from.

Lookout tells consumers that they can help avoid scams and potential hacks through some simple tips, including not clicking on any suspicious links.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 19, 2020)

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