Don't fall for the latest text message scam. A Holland Patent, New York woman recently received one and wants to warn others.

Morgan Marie got a text that looked legitimate, but thankfully she didn't fall for it and hopes no one else does either. The text appears to come from Chase Bank. It says action is required after your online banking account was temporarily disabling due to suspicious activity.

A so called 'secure login' link is provided asking you to verify your identity. DO NOT CLICK THE LINK.

"Thankfully I’m tech savvy and know better," said Morgan. "But some older people may not know. Also I don’t have Chase Bank but if someone does they may think this text is real."

Credit - Morgan Marie
Credit - Morgan Marie

Hackers are getting more creative, sending scams through email, social media and yes, even text messages. Whether it's a message about vaccines, a package delivery, money owed to the IRS, unemployment benefits or your bank account, NEVER click the link.

The Better Business Bureau offers tips to avoid getting scammed.

How to Avoid “Compromised Account” Scam

  • Be extra cautious with unsolicited calls, emails, and texts. Don’t be quick to believe claims from unsolicited communications.
  • Understand how businesses handle communications. If you know how disputes and suspicious activity is handled, it will be easier to spot a scam.
  • Look into the claims. Don’t take action without verifying the claim first. Log into your account or call the company to confirm there really is a case of suspicious activity associated with your account.
  • Don’t panic and don’t feel intimidated. Scammers want you to panic. They may use intimidation to pressure you into giving up your personal information or making payments.
  • Never give your personal information to strangers. If you aren’t speaking or corresponding with someone you know and trust, don’t give them sensitive information.
  • If you’ve been the victim of a scam, report it to BBB Scam Tracker.

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