The scammers are texting EDD and Bank of America customers with fake messages and links to try and get personal information.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) is warning about a new wave of text scams. The texts are targeting people who got an EDD debit card through Bank of America, which includes millions of people during the pandemic.

The fraudulent messages include false claims about your debit card being suspended or the need to update your verification. The text messages also include a link. Don’t click the link sent in the text and don’t share any personal information including account numbers or names. Click here for some examples of the fraudulent text messages.

The Dollars and Sense team has reported on the ongoing struggle to stop these fake texts and fake accounts. Earlier this year, Blake Hall, CEO of ID.me told us, the scammers “prey on the elderly people, young people looking for a job, and they’re convincing the owner of that identity to take steps to take control of their information.”

In the past, EDD has said people could check the caller ID to make sure the text was coming from them, but the department now indicates that the…

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