State Attorney General Ford urges Nevadans to beware of credit union, bank imposter scams | Carson City Nevada News
Attorney General Aaron D. Ford, in coordination with the Nevada Credit Union League and the Nevada Bankers Association, warned Nevadans Thursday to take precautions to protect themselves from credit union and bank imposter scams.
The Office of the Nevada Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection recently received reports from Nevada-based credit unions and banks of scams in which individuals pretending to be from a local depository institution contact consumers in order to trick them into handing over their personal identifying, financial information or money.
“Scammers are constantly getting smarter and more savvy,” said Attorney General Aaron Ford. “Sophisticated scammers are turning to SMS messaging, texts, phone calls and emails, often in combination, to pose as depository institutions. One of the most powerful tools anyone can use against scammers is knowledge – if you’re familiar with red flags and know what cautionary steps to take, you have a good chance of protecting your wallet and personal information.”
In this scam, consumers receive a text or email message from a specific depository institution urgently claiming their account has been compromised or there is a need for the consumer to take action by inviting the consumer to click a link for more information. In fact, the text or email is from an imposter who uses the link to gain the consumer’s…