(WBEN) - The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is alerting the public to be aware of text messages received via cell phones from entities masquerading as financial institutions, utility companies or cell phone service providers.
The text messages prompt recipients to click on an imbedded link or call the listed number. When consumers reply, they are then prompted to share personal identifiable information such as a PIN or social security number.
This method of scamming via phone text messaging is known as “SMiShing.”
If you receive an unsolicited text from your bank or service provider requesting confirmation of personal information, do not respond or share any information. Legitimate messages from these companies will never ask for personal information.