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Scammers using fake text messages to get information

A sample text message similar to one sent by scammers is shown. (KTAR Photo/Sandra Haros)

PHOENIX -- Crooks are sending text messages to Valley residents in hopes of luring them to divulge personal information.

The messages read, "(ALERT) Call 5126875961 or 3054559475 FCU ARIZONA" and "(NOTICE) Call 3054559475 Arizona FCU."

While most people have disregarded the messages, there have been unsuspecting victims who've called the number and provided their debit card information.

"We've heard from our members and non-members who have received these messages both containing some form of our name, as well, as the names of other financial institutions," said Senior Director of Marketing for Arizona Federal Credit Union Steve Kelley.

Kelly said they have discovered that the people sending these messages are using text capabilities available over the Internet through wireless carriers.

"It is our understanding that law enforcement has taken steps to shut down some of these numbers," he said. "We know that wireless carriers are working to shut them down as well."

In the meantime, consumers are urged to notify their financial institutions if they receive a similar text.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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