Disregard Phony Text Messages
While broiling some pork loin skewers tonight for dinner on an unusually warm evening here in the upper Midwest - great wine, cool jazz in the air - I got a text message on my mobile. A nice little vibration and jingle near my business center this time of night made me smile thinking it was a female friend of mine checking in to say hi.
I continued rocking on the barbecue and wine waiting not wanting to torch dinner figuring I'd check in with the cell a few minutes later. Finally getting to it, I read the tiny text telling me that my US Bank credit card was in cardiac arrest - suspicious activity abounds and I'm to call some B.S. 800 number. The sender was "Security@USbank.com."
For starters, USbank is the bank behind my card - so seeing a message from what at first appeared to be a legit dotcom made me take pause. Then, as a savvy consumer, I disregarded the number texted to me requesting a call-back - I called the number on the back of my card and spoke to a CSR. They quickly informed me the text was a scam and not to respond to it - which I didn't. They checked my card activity and confirmed I was OK. Relieved I thanked the rep - she asked if I was interested in upping my credit limit. I responded "thank you, no - but would you be interested in lowering my interest rate?" I never hesitate to ask, as if you make timely payments, often they will lower it. "At this time, you're at the lowest we allow" she replied.
I hung up, finished grilling perfect kabobs, had some great wine and will sleep easier tonight knowing I haven't been scammed by some creep who inadvertently got my mobile number. The lesson to take from this gentle readers is to NEVER respond to TEXT messages from finance/credit companies on your mobile phone. Don't call their numbers or go to their sites. If you have questions, call the number on the back of the card only! Be your own hero - use common sense and don't let somebody take advantage of you.
Slim, just stay off my reviews and informatives - I don't have time or inclination to explain basic logic to you.