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******Alert #310******

Sheila Ewers with Southern Bank shares with us the following warning about text messages that appear to be from the recipientís bank. The messages contain some features that make it appear they come from a local number.

Fraud Alert: We have become aware of text messages that prompt recipients to call regarding issues with their debit card. The message does not reference a particular bank, so anyone with a debit card may believe there is a problem and call the number provided. These texts are an attempt to obtain your debit card number, expiration date and PIN in order to perpetrate fraud against your account. DO NOT reply to this text or call the number provided; simply delete the message.

The text originator appears to have the area code and first 3 numbers of the recipientís phone followed by The body of the text reads: [smiOneprepaid] Please call 877-673-7393 to verify an issue with your debit card

Southern Bank and Trust Company does not issue text messages to notify customers of issues with their accounts or debit cards.

Sheila Ewers

Banking Officer/Loss Prevention Specialist

Southern Bank

PO Box 729 / Mount Olive, NC 28365


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Date: April 15, 2013

David N. Kirkman
Task Force Alerts Chair
Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
Office of Attorney General Roy Cooper
114 West Edenton Street
9001 Mail Processing Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
Tel. 919-716-6000


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