On Saturday, calls and text messages from schemers pretending to be from local banks began reaching Hawaii consumers.
Aiea resident, Ed Morita got a text message.
“The message was misspelled and a big red flag for me was that I don’t have a Central Pacific bank account,” Aiea resident Ed Morita said.
Then, several hours later he got a phone call from Florida.
“I answered it and there was no one on it, it was an automated message claiming to be from Central Pacific Bank saying that my debit card had been deactivated and that I have to enter in my number,” Morita said.
Morita immediately told his cell phone provider and started spreading the word on social media.
“After I got the phone call I put a message out on twitter and facebook and just based off of the comments that I was getting back from my network I realized I wasn’t the only person that got the call that day,” Morita said.
Central Pacific Bank is just one company that thieves have been using to target consumers.
“Whether it’s an email a text message, or a phone call you can’t trust the source cause technology allows those to be easily spoofed. Your bank is never going to contact you and ask you to just randomly provide information because your bank has that information” Central Pacific Bank Information Security Senior Vice President Ken Newman said.
Newman advises consumers to get as much information about the call, hang up and then let your bank know right away.
Action Line is here to help if you are a target of a phishing scheme.