Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor wants to remind citizens to be cautious of phishing scams that circulate by e-mail or text message.

            E-Mails and text message received by some Fayetteville residents claim to be from legitimate banking institutions with a report that multiple computers have attempted to log onto your account and that multiple password failures require you to update your account information otherwise your account will be suspended.   This type of scam will then require you to enter your personal information and bank account number.  That information is then used by the criminals to obtain goods and services in the victim’s name.

            To avoid being caught by one of these scams, the Fayetteville Police Department offers this guidance:

  • If you get a text or email that warns you, with little or no notice, that an account of yours will be shut down unless you reconfirm your billing information, do not reply or click on the link in the text or email. Instead, contact the company cited in the email using a phone number or Web address you know to be genuine.


  • Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to determine whether there are any unauthorized charges. If your statement is late by more than a couple of days, call your credit card company or bank to confirm your billing address and account balances.


  • Report suspicious activity immediately.


           For more information about Identity Theft visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website at www.ftc.gov to learn how to minimize your risk of damage from identity theft.