Bank Scams Deceiving Internet Users

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Just how easy is it to fall into a scam artist's trap?

That's what we wanted to find out, after several of you, told us you've received emails that are all part of a bank scam.

Earlier this week we showed you bogus emails from a so called "Franklin Bank" that have been sweeping the Brazos Valley.

So, we decided to take a closer look at how these scams operate.

Checking your email used to be a lot easier, but that's before scam artists decided to target internet users.

One email from the so called "Franklin Bank," tells you to click on a link to update your bank account for extra security.

The bank's website may look legit, but it doesn't even take an actual user name or password to steal your identity. We made up both, clicked submit, and the next page asked us for our credit card number and pin.

"This particular scam has been in the float throughout the united states for years," Larry Lightfoot with the Better Business Bureau said. "It's generated from outside the country."

Other emails from other fake banks have also been filling inboxes.

Viewers forwarded us two emails. One says to call a specific phone number for Greater Texas FCU. When we did, that number had an automated answering machine and it didn't even include the bank's name.

The other email was supposed to direct you to a Wells Fargo site, but a notice popped up that the website no longer existed.

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