LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined First Community Bank and banks nationwide warning Arkansans of the latest scam to sweep the state. The latest scam involves scammers spoofing a phone number to have the bank’s fraud service name and number displayed on the phone’s caller ID. The scammer will use an official-sounding conversation to gain trust, then ask the consumer to provide a verification code via text message. The code will allow the scammer to access the consumer’s account and even change the online banking password. The scammer will then transfer the funds to the account through a third-party app, such as Zelle.
“Scammers will use any means necessary to deceive hard-working individuals,” Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said. “It is essential that consumers are aware of these types of scams and exercise caution before disclosing personal or financial information. I will continue to raise the alarm to prevent consumers from losing their savings and to hold these scammers accountable. “
“This type of fraud is a growing problem in our state and we want everyone to know that First Community Bank or any bank in Arkansas will never call a customer asking for their account number or password. password,” said Dale Cole, president of First Community Bank. and CEO. “Criminals call, text, email and sometimes write letters. Be careful and never give criminals personal information when they contact you!”
You should follow these steps to ensure that your personal and banking information remains secure: Never provide information such as your date of birth, social security number, or account information over the phone to an unknown caller.
If in doubt, hang up the phone and call the number on the back of your debit card or visit your local bank branch for assistance.
Do not click on suspicious links sent by SMS asking for verification
Always destroy important documents that may contain personal or account information
For more information on scams, call the Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.
Print Title: Attorney General’s Alert: Rutledge Joins Arkansas Banks in Warning of Latest Scam