SECURITY ALERT: Text Message Scam

Recently, some residents in south Florida have received calls and text messages asking for their debit or credit card numbers.  The message usually asks the recipient to call a phone number to “activate” or “verify” their debit or credit card.  Some of these messages have mentioned the names of credit unions, including BrightStar.

 BrightStar did not send these messages. The messages are an attempt at fraud called “phishing,” which means someone tried to trick people into providing their account information. Some of BrightStar’s members received these messages (as well as non-members.)

 No BrightStar data has been compromised. Member account information is safe and secure. The only connection to the Credit Union is that some of the messages mention our name.

 If you receive a message like this, ignore it. Do not call the phone number in the message nor reply to the message in any way. Never provide your account information to someone unless you know who it is. BrightStar will NEVER send you a text message or email asking you to verify your account information.

 If you mistakenly provide your account information to a suspected fraudster, or if you suspect fraudulent activity on your account, please contact the Credit Union at 954-486-2728.

 Protect yourself.  Don’t get caught phishing.

About BrightStar Credit Union

BrightStar Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative based in South Florida. If you live, work or go to school in Broward or Palm Beach counties, you can join!

Posted on 08/23/2011, in Broward, Broward County, General, News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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