Beware: Phone Scam

By Jim Martin, Security Officer, Bell State Bank & Trust

Many area cell phone users, including both Bell State Bank and non-Bell State Bank customers, have recently received fraudulent cell phone calls. The automated messages say: “Your ATM/debit card has been cancelled. Enter your card number and PIN to unlock your card.”

These types of phone-based phishing attempts circulate from time to time in communities across the U.S., with messages claiming to be from various banks. If you receive one of these messages, protect yourself by deleting it, and do not respond to it. Also, do not call the scam phone number and give your card number or other personal information. There has been NO breach of your personal information or account security at Bell State Bank & Trust; the only way a breach would occur is if you call the scammers and give them your personal information.

Remember: Bell State Bank & Trust will not ask for private information such as your Social Security number, PIN, account number or password via emails or text messages.

If you have questions or concerns about your Bell State Bank & Trust account, please call our customer service center at 701-298-1550 or toll-free 800-450-8949.

Find additional information about consumer protection on the Consumer Federation of America website.

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