CRESTVIEW — Instead of working, unscrupulous people dream up scams to part the unsuspecting from their money.
Here are some scams — some old, and some new — that are currently making the rounds. I experienced the first one last week.
I received five text messages supposedly from Hancock-Whitney Bank that said: “FRM: Hancock-Whitney Bank-ALERTS. SUBJ: Call: (858)751-7636 #Now ID: 848. MSG: Your card is restricted! srnp.”
Now this is all very interesting, except for one major flaw — we don’t have any type of card with Hancock-Whitney Bank.
Please don’t ever call a number from an unsolicited text message as this is a scam and someone is looking to steal your hard earned money.
If you suspect there is a problem with your debit or credit card, call the bank or credit card company from a printed statement you received from them.
The second scam is for a “free” pair of Apple Air Pods. You receive a text message stating you just won a free pair of Air Pods from Amazon, and just click on the link embedded in the text message or call the phone number.
Of course, on the other end of the phone is a demand for your Amazon account information and password. In some instances, they request your credit card number. If you click instead of call, your device may be infected with malware.
When something appears to be too good to be true, unfortunately, it is.
We have also personally received this scam. You receive an email or text stating that the company (it could be UPS, the post…