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Text Scammer Posing As Credit Union

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This is the scam text meant to look like it's coming from your credit union. This is the scam text meant to look like it's coming from your credit union.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

A texting scam targeting your personal information is hitting the Upstate. The text message is meant to look like it's coming from your credit union.

Busy Belton mom Barbara Abee doesn't have a lot of time on her hands.

“I don't have time to breathe most days,” said Abee.

She definitely doesn't have time for scams. So when she got a suspicious text message on Sunday night, she quickly decided not to respond.

She noticed one big red flag right away: The text said "CREDIT UNION ALERT: Your CARD is INACTIVE” and gave her a local number to call.

“I don't have an account with a credit union,” said Abee.

When 7 On Your Side called the number in that text message, an automated voice said to “enter your 16-digit card number.”

Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union branch manager Kathy Moore said it’s clear to her the message is not from a real credit union.

“We don't do that. We don't text. We don't email. We will call you," said Moore.

When your credit union or bank does call you, they'll already know your account info. They won't ask for it.

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs said this is a phishing scam -- someone trying to con you into revealing your personal information.

Here's what that department says you should do if you get one of these texts:

· Do not text a reply, call the number they give you or click on any links.

· If you're worried, call the number on the back of your card.

· Track your finances. Check your card statement for anything unusual.

Abee didn't fall for it, but she's afraid others might.

“It's wrong because you have the older generation that doesn't understand that it's a scam and they're going to give their card numbers out,” said Abee.

If you get one of these texts, the S.C. Dept. of Consumer Affairs wants to know. The department puts together a log of reported scams to help identify trends and warn people what to look out for. If you think you have a scam to report, call 800-922-1594.


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