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Credit card scam uses text messages to trick victims

By KTVA Alaska 3:23 PM March 27, 2013

Text messages dupe users into sharing private data

ANCHORAGE – A warning Tuesday from the FBI: Cell phone users may soon find themselves targeted for a new type of credit card scam.

The new scam begins with a text message on your phone that states that your credit card has been deactivated.

Victims are then asked to call a local number to reactivate their card.

After making the call, a recording asks for all the personal information on the cardholder, including any PIN numbers.

The FBI said Tuesday that cell phone users should delete the message and call the number on the back of any credit card mentioned in the text. They stressed that users should report that they were contacted by possible scammers to their credit card companies immediately.

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