Did you receive a text from an unknown contact claiming that your EDD debit card has being suspended or the need to update your verification? Read this review to find out why you should be wary of such texts.
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What is EDD Scam Text
EDD Scam Text are fraudulent texts sent by scammers to get your personal information so they can use it to scam you. The fraudulent messages include false claims about your debit card being suspended or the need to update your verification, The texts are targeting people who got an EDD debit card through Bank of America, which includes millions of people during the pandemic. The phishing emails have, unsurprisingly, nothing to do with EDD and these emails contain links which you are asked to click on. They are however links created by the scammers to obtain personal information from unsuspecting people. The link however links to other phishing websites that trick victims and also hacks their personal information.. However when one clicks on the links they inadvertently send their information to the scammers who uses it fraudulently.
The EDD Text often times contains viruses, spywares, malwares, which are harmful to devices and can hack and destroy a device. the scammers “prey on the elderly people, young people looking for a job, and they’re convincing the owner of that identity to take steps to take control of their information.”
In the past, EDD has said people could check the caller ID to make sure the text was coming from them, but the department now indicates that the fraudsters are spoofing the texts, to make it look like they are coming from EDD numbers.
EDD shared these tips for people to keep themselves safe from the scams:
- Text messages asking people to reactivate a card by clicking a link are scams. Bank of America and EDD never text message people to reactivate a debit card.
- Never click a link in an unexpected text message claiming to be from EDD or Bank of America.
- Customers can verify whether an EDD text message is legitimate by checking UI Online or the mailed notice for the same information.
- Customers can call Bank of America using the telephone number on the back of their debit card to check if a bank-related text message is legitimate. If you lost, or don’t currently have your debit card, you can contact Bank of America at 1-866-692-9374.
- EDD only sends text messages from the number 510-74 or 918-06. Customers should be aware, however, that a scammer might attempt to fake this number to trick someone.
You may also get other similar mails as they come in various form, it is in your own best interest that you don’t click on it, simply delete it and inform others so they don’t fall victim. If you call the number, the person on the other end will often try to assist you. They will insist they need your banking details to verify the account and issue a refund. But this is all part of the scam. The goal here is to lure unsuspecting victims to contact the scammers to try to obtain a refund. This would result in the theft of money from the consumer’s financial accounts.
There is an ongoing conversation On Reddit about this obvious scam.
The best course of action is to delete such texts.
From the Foregoing, it is clear that the EDD text is a phishing scam, Users should not click on the link if and when they receive such message.
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