Phishing Scams Flood the Brazos Valley

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

Phishing scams continue to plague the Brazos Valley with con artists hoping to reel in a big one.

Phishing is the illegal attempt to defraud you out of your personal information. News 3 has received numerous emails and calls from viewers targeted by these frauds over the past few days. Many claim to represent Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, but others say they're from credit cards or other financial institutions.

The typical scenario starts with a phone call, often late at night, or an email or text message from someone claiming to represent a bank, credit union or credit card issuer. The message says there is a problem with your credit, debit or ATM card. Often they say someone is trying to illegally access it. The final step is to direct you to divulge credit card or bank account numbers so they can protect or reactivate your account.

Remember, no reputable company does business this way. If you have a question about your bank or credit card, call them yourself.

One local woman who was targeted by a phishing scam but didn't take the bait is Dolores Hine. She was called by twice by someone claiming to be from Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union.

Hine wisely hung up without giving any information, which is what you should do if you get a fishy-sounding phishing call.

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