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Watch Out For Scam Text Messages Claiming to be From Nationwide

by Brett M. Christensen

UK based building society Nationwide is warning customers about fraudulent text messages that use the company’s name.

The bogus text messages claim that your payment card was recently used to make an online purchase for a substantial amount of money. The message instructs you to call  “fraud prevention” urgently on a number provided if you did not make the listed purchase.

However, if you do call the number, you will actually be communicating with criminals, not NationWide. Once they have you on the line, the criminals can then trick you into divulging your personal and financial information.


Criminals are increasingly using SMS as a means of reaching potential victims.


Last updated: January 27, 2017
First published: January 27, 2017
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Cybercriminals Using Text Messages To Distribute PayPal Phishing Scams

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer