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Bogus "ATM DEACTIVATED" text messages
Posted by: trogdor! ()
Date: January 19, 2009 07:10PM

Now to go along with the daily warranty phone calls, I've been getting bogus text messages from "my credit union". Each one has a different bank/credit union name, but the message is basically the same. Here is the text of the most recent one I've received (today):

This is an automated message from State Department Federal Credit Union.Your ATM card has been Suspended.To reactivate call urgent at 866-542-2647.

All the spacing and weird wording are theirs. I've received about 3 of these, all claiming to be from local credit unions (Fairfax County, Arlington County and now State Department)

Needless to say, my ATM card has been working fine....

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Re: Bogus "ATM DEACTIVATED" text messages
Posted by: pain management ()
Date: January 19, 2009 07:55PM

i got the same message also two different banks and two days in a row

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Re: Bogus "ATM DEACTIVATED" text messages
Posted by: Somebody ()
Date: January 19, 2009 08:34PM

I've gotten the Arlington FCU one twice in the last week.
The car warranty stuff has to stop. I can't believe how many calls and how much mail I get for those.

Also, I seem to get random spanish recordings. No idea what they are saying.
They are probably calling about car warranties.

Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if you call the "ATM deactivation" number and get a car warranty recording.
Any volunteers?

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Re: Bogus "ATM DEACTIVATED" text messages
Posted by: Lurker. ()
Date: January 19, 2009 08:35PM

Yup I just got the same message on my cell phone:

ALERT/This is an automated message from EDS Credit Union. Your ATM card has been suspended. To reactivate call urgent at 877-204-3850

I don't even belong to that credit union.

I think it is some automated text msg program probably running through cell numbers in an area code.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/19/2009 08:40PM by Lurker..

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Re: Bogus "ATM DEACTIVATED" text messages
Posted by: TomMadison ()
Date: January 19, 2009 11:37PM

There are a bunch of these going around right now and there doesn't seem to be any way to either trace or stop them. The FTC Do Not Call registry and the penalties for violating it are not much use when the offenders are a few steps ahead. The latest one seems to come from a phone number in the 727 area code (Tampa), but if you pick it up no one is there. However, they generally call back with a couple of hours and it is a pitch for a timeshare.

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Re: Bogus "ATM DEACTIVATED" text messages
Posted by: Bonfire ()
Date: January 20, 2009 08:12AM

You know, if scammers put that energy into actually making an honest living they might be millionaires. I have never seen the amount of energy put on work as is put into scams. Whatever, I'm off my soapbox!

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Re: Bogus "ATM DEACTIVATED" text messages
Posted by: i as well ()
Date: January 20, 2009 12:39PM

i actualy got a automated voice mail.
no text messages yet
the answering machine asked for a pin. red flag

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