Scams happen in Virginia, just like everywhere else in the world. It's the price we pay for the way technology is advancing - but there's always someone looking to take everything that you have.

It's terrible that people work harder at trying to scam others out of their own money, but it's the reality of the world we live in. So, we just have to be aware so we don't become the next victim.

A New Scam

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in the world of scams, there's a new one that's using AI to get to your cash.

According to CNET, the scammers are getting more and more tech-savvy and using the AI to create messages that seem trustworthy, as if your own bank was trying to reach you, and they could take out your entire balance in a couple of clicks.

The New Tech

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These new scams are mostly through text where the scammer will try to convince you to click one link, and it's all over. That one simple click of a link is all the scammer needs to gain access to your bank account, and that is why you have to be careful with any text message that comes from a number you don't recognize.

How To Be Vigilant Against Scams

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The Better Business Bureau has some tips and tricks to make sure you don't become another scam victim.

  • Scammers are often using text messages from 10-digit phone numbers or email addresses.
  • A link is included in the text message that you're sent, but typically if a bank texts you for a fraud alert or other needs, they usually ask for a yes or no reply.
  • A bank website URL sent to you has additional characters.

Do not click on anything about banking unless you're certain it came from your banking institution. One wrong click and everything you've worked for could be gone.

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