Crook Pretends to Be From Your Bank - Large Zelle Withdrawal Scam

Scammers are always coming up with new ways to steal money from people. One recent scam involves crooks pretending to be from your bank and asking you to make a large Zelle withdrawal.

The scammer will typically call you and say that they’re from your bank’s fraud department. They’ll tell you that there’s been suspicious activity on your account and that they need you to make a large withdrawal to protect your money. The scammer may also say that they need you to send the money to a specific person or account number.

If you fall for the scam, you’ll end up sending your money directly to the scammer. Once they have your money, it’s gone for good.

Here are some tips to help you avoid this scam:

  • Never give out your personal information to someone you don’t know. This includes your bank account number, Social Security number, and credit card number.
  • Don’t trust anyone who calls you and asks you to make a large withdrawal. If you’re not sure if the caller is legitimate, hang up and call your bank directly.
  • Be wary of emails or text messages that seem too good to be true. If you receive an email or text message from someone claiming to be from your bank, don’t click on any links or open any attachments. Instead, go directly to your bank’s website or call their customer service number.

If you think you’ve been scammed, report it to your bank immediately. You should also file a report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

See Scam and Fraud Protection for 2023 for more information and make sure to Sign Up for our Scam Prevention Newsletter.

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