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Wells Fargo text message scam 'making the rounds'

Wells Fargo text scam

FARGO—A scam text message is reaching area cell phones falsely claiming it is from Wells Fargo.

The text states the company needs to confirm identifying information and directs people to supply personal data.

They shouldn't.

That's according to Staci Schiller, vice president for communications and senior manager of midwest regional banking for Wells Fargo.

"The text is indeed a scam and is making the rounds," said Schiller, who received one of the phony texts on her phone and immediately blocked the number and deleted the text.

Schiller said such "smishing" attempts are becoming more common and she said Wells Fargo advises all consumers to:

• Use caution if they receive an email or text expressing an urgent need for someone to update their information, activate their online banking account, or verify their identity by clicking on a link.

• Delete emails or text messages requesting sensitive information.

• Hang up if they receive a suspicious phone call requesting personal information or access to accounts. If someone needs to contact the company they should refer to a legitimate source, such as a phone number on the company's website.

Wells Fargo customers who received a phony text message and clicked on any associated link are being advised to call Wells Fargo at (866) 867-5568.

For more information on identifying fraud and defending against it, visit www.wellsfargo.com/privacy-security/fraud.

Dave Olson
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