TEXT MESSAGE LOAN SCAM: One Louisiana man got thousands in loan offers on his phone

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(7/19/2018) Most of us get dozens of text messages on our cell phones each day. Most are from people we know. But one man in Acadiana says he got several texts offering him loans up to $10,000 from one number. 

Rodney Leger spoke with Sylvia Masters with KLFY, our sister station in Lafayette. He says all the texts came over a couple of days. “That’s three in just two days and that’s not counting all the other ones that are done deleted and reported as spam and I don’t know how they’re getting my number, no idea.” says Leger. “The first one was a Christie that was yesterday. The second one yesterday was a Polly and the one this morning was a Haley.”

Fred Mills, President and CEO of Farmers Merchants Bank & Trust says it’s best not to give away your bank account information no matter the circumstance. “Handle the information that they’re requesting from you as though it was a family member.” says Mills. “You’re not going to give a family member to a stranger. Don’t give your account information to a stranger. Always be aware that somebody is trying to take something from you. Don’t give it away.”

Mills says keep your bank account up to date with the latest security measures by consistently changing your passwords makes, which makes it more difficult for scammers to get access.  “For your Internet banking account or mobile deposits, make sure your passwords are pretty complex, make sure that you change it on a regular basis and don’t share it with anyone.” says Mills. 

He also says to never give away your banking information by phone text or email, even if a bank calls you.  It’s always best to go in person to a bank.
 

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