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‘They Could Have Their Whole Bank Account Taken Away:’ Cybersecurity Expert Warns Of New Phone Scam

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There’s a new scam going around that involves claiming to be a major local bank.

Scam text messages are hitting phones claiming issues with PNC Bank accounts and one cybersecurity expert was targeted by this one and immediately knew it was a scammer.

“My reaction immediately was, ‘oh my god I can’t believe they’re trying to do this’,” said Albert Whale, founder of IT Security Solutions.

How did Whale know immediately that this was a fraud?

“I don’t have an account with PNC,” he said.

So, when the message came to his phone, the red flags immediately went up.

“Then I looked at the number to call, and there it was a 412 number,” he recalled.

While it was not a phone number associated with any PNC Bank branch or any part of the bank, he decided to give it a call anyway.

“Please key in your nine-digit social security number followed by the pound sign,” The automated message prompted.

“Right out of the chute, Social Security…Oh, that’s going to work,” Whale recalled.

Next, the automated message asked for his pin number, and finally…

“Please key in your full sixteen digits of your debit or credit card followed by the pound sign,” it said.

For a cybersecurity expert, this is more than just troubling.

“I’m sure that a lot of people get snookered into this, and they may give up more information,” Whale said.

So, how badly ripped off could a person get from this?

“They could have their whole bank account taken away,” Whale answered.

We contacted PNC about the text came and they have said they have been made aware of it.

Bottom line from PNC: Do not click on a link or use contact information contained in a suspect email or text message.

Instead, if you have questions or concerns about your account, contact the bank directly using a number known from a legitimate source or go to the PNC website