Washington Financial Bank has been notified of an attempted phishing text from a fraudster posing as our text alert system. The texts reference the same fake Walmart transaction of $687.54. No transaction occurred at Walmart. When the customer replies back to the text, they then receive a phone call from a male who attempts to phish for account numbers and other personal information.
Washington Financial Bank will never call and request your personal information.
As part of our enhanced security Washington Financial Bank does send fraud alert text messages. A legitimate text message will come from a 5-digit code and will include:
- The Bank's name
- The last 4 digits of your account number
- Affirmation about the transaction that triggered the alert.
As a reminder, never give out your personal information unless you have initiated the contact. Please be aware that fraudsters my reference other fake transactions when trying to steal information. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, contact Washington Financial Bank immediately at 724.222.3120.