Warning: Phone Scam Targeting Bank Customers
By Jim Martin, Security Officer, Bell State Bank & Trust
Many area cell phone users, including both Bell State Bank & Trust and non-Bell State Bank & Trust customers, have recently received fraudulent cell phone calls. The automated messages say: “There has been a security breech on your Visa Debit or Credit card and your card has been locked. To unlock your card please press “9” and a security officer will assist you.”
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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