PSECU: Scam texts didn’t come from hack

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – PSECU says whoever’s responsible for a text and telephone scam probably generated phone numbers at random or purchased a list of numbers from somewhere.

The credit union said the scam was not the result of a data hack.

A PSECU spokeswoman said both members and non-members received text messages and phone calls from a sender posing as the credit union on Monday. The calls and messages directed recipients to call a number, and callers were asked to give account or bank card information to reopen a locked account.

The spokeswoman was not aware of anyone receiving similar calls or messages on Tuesday.

PSECU also doesn’t know if anyone gave up personal information. The credit union said customers who disclosed account information should call the credit union at 800-237-7328. Non-customers should call their financial institution.

Banks and credit cards companies nationwide have reported similar scams in recent years. By texting messages while posing as a legitimate company, or “smishing,” scammers are trying to gain personal information by claiming there’s a problem with an account.

If you receive such messages, the Better Business Bureau recommends you check with your mobile service provider about options to block future text messages from specific senders.

Do not reply with “STOP” to scam texts, the BBB says, because that will confirm to the scammers that your phone number is valid and you may be targeted for more scams.

You can also file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

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