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Hernando Sheriff Warns of Bank Text Scam

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – The Hernando Country Sheriff’s Office is alerting its residents to a text messaging scam that has been making the rounds in the county.

Authorities say some people in the county have been receiving texts on their cell phones stating “Suntust ALERT-CARD LOCKED PLEASE CALL (303) 720-7420”. The Sheriff’s Office reports that upon call that number, a recording will direct the caller to enter their card number and other personal information. The Hernando Country Sheriff’s Office is warning cell owners this is only a scam trying to gain access to the caller’s personal credit card information.

The Sheriff’s Office warns “your bank would never text you an alert of fraud on your account. For you protection they warn, always call your bank and verify any communication before you act on it.”

Other area Banks have reported similar texts have been sent to their customers from the same number.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation into this text scam.

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