A bogus text message is popping up on cell phones and your credit card information is the target.
CASE Credit Union and the Meridian Township police department have sent out warnings saying the text messages have been circulating since April 13. In addition to CASE customers, we've heard from Chase Bank customers that have gotten the message, too.
CASE warns that no legitimate financial institution will send an email, or text asking for passwords, PIN numbers, card numbers or other confidential information in an unsecured manner.
The following are tips are offered by CASE on how to keep users safe in the internet environment:
1. Set strong passwords
2. Don't reveal personal information via e-mail
3. Exercise website caution
4. File downloads can be dangerous
5. Always log-off.
6. Monitor account activity
7. Assess your risks - items to consider when assessing your risk are:
a. Who has access to your online accounts?,
b. How and where are your user names and passwords stored?
c. How strong are your passwords and how often are they changed?
d. Do you have a strong antivirus protection program that is up to date?