For most people a new message is music to their ears, but lately some locals are experiencing sheer panic after reading one text message that claims to be from a bank. Slocumb resident, Jennifer Russell, fell victim to this new scam Wednesday, which she said seemed very legitimate. "I got a text message saying bank account alert, your debit card has been deactivated and you need to call this number and reactivate it. It seemed so real I immediately checked it out," explained Russell.
Most banks say they will only contact you via mail and police advise to always make sure you are the one making the calls. Slocomb Police Chief, Don White said you need to be aware of criminals using technology for the bad. "Do not give your information out at that point tell them you will call them back and get their number. Then go to that institution if it's local and see if they have contacted you," explained Chief White.
Chief White said if anyone receives a message claiming to be a bank alert, local police officers will be glad to check it out and hopefully try and stop scams from affecting you. Houston county Sherriff, Andy Hughes and Dothan Police Chief, Greg Benton said they are also hearing about this type of scam and they are all working together to try and stop it in the Wiregrass.