PITTSBURGH (KDKA): There is a new scam that involves pretending to be a major local bank.
Scammed text messages are placed on phones claiming problems with PNC Bank accounts and a cybersecurity expert was the target of this and knew immediately that he was a scammer.
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“My reaction right away was,‘ My God, I can’t believe they tried, ’” said Albert Whale, founder of IT Security Solutions.
How did Whale know immediately that it was a fraud?
“I have no account in PNC,” he said.
So when the message reached his phone, the red flags went up immediately.
“Then I looked up the number to call and there was a 412 number,” he recalled.
Although it was not a phone number associated with any branch of PNC Bank or any part of the bank, he decided to call it anyway.
“Enter your nine-digit social security number followed by the pound sign,” the automated message was requested.
“By far, Social Security … Oh, that’s going to work,” Whale recalled.
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The automated message then asked for your PIN number and finally …
“Enter the full sixteen digits of your debit or credit card followed by the pound sign,” he said.
For a cybersecurity expert, this is more than worrisome.
“I’m sure a lot of people get snooker at this and can give up more information,” Whale said.
So how far can a person get out of this?
“They could take out the entire bank account,” Whale replied.
We contacted PNC for the text to arrive and we were informed that it had been reported.
PNC Final Summary: Do not click on a link or use the contact information contained in a suspicious email or text message.
However, if you have any questions or concerns about your account, please contact the bank directly through a known number from a legitimate source or go to the PNC website.
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PNC also asks if you have received any of these text messages to contact them by email, Abuse@PNC.com.