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Sheriff: Bank message 'possibly a virus or scam'

Example of a text message Sheriff J.R. Smith says several citizens have received. (Source: Cross Co. Sheriff's Office) Example of a text message Sheriff J.R. Smith says several citizens have received. (Source: Cross Co. Sheriff's Office)
CROSS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

If you receive a message from the bank saying your cards have been blocked, do not click on the link.

That is the advice Cross County Sheriff J.R. Smith offered Friday after receiving numerous reports of a possible scam.

Citizens have received text messages stating their Cross County Bank debit and/or credit card has been blocked. The message instructs the receiver to click on a link.

Smith says people should not click the link. Instead, he urges everyone to “delete the text message immediately.”

The sheriff said in an email to Region 8 News that he has spoken with bank officials who said they “did not and would not” send such texts to customers or non-customers.

The link “is possibly a virus or a scam to obtain your banking information,” Smith said.

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