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Thursday April 12th, 2012 :: 11:17 a.m. EDT


Bradenton Police Department warns citizens of bank scam via text message.

The Bradenton Police Department is warning citizens of recent bank scam that starts with a text message.

A citizen recently received a text message that she assumed was from her bank warning her that there was a "LOCK" on her debit card and that she needed to call to get the "lock" removed.

When she called the number she was given in the text message, she was asked to provide her full account number. Suspecting this to be a scam, she immediately hung up and contacted her local bank.

She was informed by her bank that they had NOT contacted her and there was no so-called "LOCK" on her debit card.

Please do not respond to text messages you receive from unknown numbers. If you think a text message or telephone call might actually be from your bank or credit card company, please verify by calling your local branch or the number listed on the back of your credit card.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to call the Bradenton Police Department Crime Prevention Division at (941) 741-3041 or email

100 10th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 941-932-9300

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